The International Cycling Union (UCI) covered up a positive drug test by Lance Armstrong during the 2001 Tour de Suisse, Sunday Times journalist David Walsh reported on Saturday.
Citing sources familiar with the report to be delivered to the UCI by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on October 15, Walsh also revealed for the first time that Armstrong's former wife, Kristin, may have been complicit in Armstrong’s doping past.
Kristin Armstrong is alleged to have handed out foil wrapped cortisone pills to US Postal Service members on the United States team at the 1998 UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands. According to Walsh, one rider joked that "Kristin is rolling the joints.”
The newspaper report also says that according to another rider affidavit, Lance Armstrong and Kristin Armstrong used to refer to the blood boosting drug EPO (Erythropoietin) by the codename "butter", because it was stored with the butter in the fridge.
More troubling for the UCI are allegations the organisation covered up a positive drug test by Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse (Tour of Switzerland). Walsh reported there were affidavits from two riders who supported the claim with one alleging Armstrong told him he could use his influence with the UCI to avoid a doping sanction.
Former US Postal Service lieutenant George Hincapie also comes in for scrutiny with an un-named rider recalling a telephone call from Hincapie in which the now retired rider detailed an incident where EPO had been found in his luggage by US Customs on a return trip from Europe. Hincapie allegedly lied to avoid further inquiry by customs agents.
You can read the full article by Sunday Times journalist David Walsh at The Australian.