Former Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, co-author of “The Secret Race,” and key witness in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against the embattled Texan, has hit back against recent criticism from UCI president Pat McQuaid.
McQuaid, who on Monday announced a lifetime ban for Armstrong, labeled Hamilton and fellow doping confessor, Floyd Landis, “scumbags,” according to a report in The Telegraph.
In responding to criticisms by Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar, who, having served a two-year ban for EPO use, is now one of the sport’s most outspoken anti-doping advocates, McQuaid refused to apologize for the UCI’s alleged complacency towards Armstrong’s doping during his dominant years.
He went on to say of Landis and Hamilton, who both supplied key testimony for USADA, “Another thing that annoys me is that Landis and Hamilton are being made out to be heroes. They are as far from heroes as night and day. They are not heroes. They are scumbags. All they have done is damage to the sport.”
Hamilton responded early Tuesday, firing back that McQuaid was unfit to lead the sport’s governing body.
“Pat McQuaid’s comments expose the hypocrisy of his leadership and demonstrate why he is incapable of any meaningful change,” said Hamilton, who is serving a second doping ban after testing positive in 2009 for DHEA he claims was found in an herbal anti-depression remedy. “Instead of seizing an opportunity to instill hope for the next generation of cyclists, he continues to point fingers, shift blame and attack those who speak out, tactics that are no longer effective.
“Pat McQuaid has no place in cycling.”