In a statement on its website Monday the UCI said it “categorically rejects” the allegations made by Tyler Hamilton on Sunday’s episode of the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”
“The UCI is deeply shocked by the seriousness of the allegations made on the ’60 Minutes’ program aired by U.S. television network CBS, and by the extent of the media interest in the case, and wishes to state once again that it has never altered or hidden the results of a positive test,” the statement read.
The UCI called Hamilton’s allegations “completely unfounded, adding: “The UCI can only express its indignation at this latest attempt to damage the image of cycling by a cyclist who has not hesitated to abuse the trust of all followers of cycling on several occasions in the past. At no time did he see fit to inform the UCI of the events he claims to have witnessed 10 years ago, and which he is now using in his attempt to harm the UCI. ”
The statement noted “that no legal action may now be taken in respect of events that occurred in 2001,” adding that in doping cases the UCI “must abide by the rules of evidence; any statutory or scientific evaluation must necessarily be made on the basis of the rules, knowledge and detection methods available at the time.”
“The UCI can only confirm that Lance Armstrong has never been notified of a positive test result by any anti-doping laboratory,” the UCI said. “The UCI confidently awaits the results of the inquiry being conducted by the U.S. justice system. It hopes that the investigations may be concluded swiftly and the truth ascertained, so that the sport of cycling may be spared further unnecessary damage.”
Read the entire statement at the UCI’s website.