Cycling: Lance Armstrong 'got EPO advice'


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The Independent Online

Fresh evidence has emerged of how Lance Armstrong (left) managed to avoid positive drug tests that raises further questions about the International Cycling Union's (UCI) involvement in the scandal.

The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, has claimed the director of the drug-testing laboratory in Lausanne, Martial Saugy, told him he provided the cyclist with the information to avoid positive tests for the blood-boosting agent EPO – with the meeting coming at the request of the UCI.

Concerns have been expressed about a "triangle" – the UCI accepting a $100,000 donation from Armstrong in 2002 and at that time the UCI gave the laboratory free use of a $60,000-70,000 blood analyser.