The president of International Cycling Union, believes that Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis are not heroes, but scumbags, who have damaged the sport.
THE 200-page report of the US Anti Doping agency accused Lance Armstrong of being involved in the doping controversy. In this report, it was primarily those 26 testimonies, including 11 from former teammates of Lance Armstrong that led to stripping of his seven Tour De France titles, which he treasured a lot. Among all the testimonies, it was two cyclists, Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis, whose testimonies played an important role in deciding Armstrong's fate.
Tyler and Landis may have thought themselves as heroes for exposing the so called truth about the doping scandal. But not all think on the same lines, like Pat McQuaid, the President of the International Cycling Union, who said, "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," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Though Pat took this decision of stripping the titles, but he was not happy with the bad name that the game has received with this doping scandal.
From now on, cyclists who win major championships may be looked upon with suspicion, though, they might not have used any abusive substance to enhance their performance. The game is in a serious crisis and the sooner the controversy is forgotten – the better it is for everyone involved in the sport. But one also has to remember that some sports such as weightlifting, cycling, athletics are always surrounded by doping scandals.
There are millions of pounds of prize money that has been won by Lance Armstrong in his illustrious career, but as of now the UCI has not asked him for those prize money, but along with it there are several other issues that the UCI are going to discuss, when they meet this Friday to dig deep into the US Anti Doping report. It may be too much for the cyclist, if he is asked to return the money.
Still, in the backdrop of all these reports and UCI stance, Armstrong disagrees with the doping controversy.