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Anti-doping chief aghast at Flanders invitation to Armstrong

by VeloClub

Responding to this week’s news that Lance Armstrong will be a guest at the Tour of Flanders and a keynote speaker in the lead up to the event, Gent anti-doping lab chief Peter Van Eenoo has expressed strong opposition.

“The arrival of Armstrong is absolutely reprehensible,” he said, according to Sporza. “Armstrong has been suspended for life and has not yet expressed any regrets about his doping past. It is easy to say that everyone was doping in that period. I am sure in that period there were also clean and fair riders.”

He believes the race’s invitation is a move which sends out bad signals. “Armstrong has behaved very badly in the past. [He] did not behave too well by putting people under pressure to use doping, which in my opinion is even worse than doing it yourself.”

Armstrong was given a lifetime ban in 2012 for serious doping offences. He denied using banned substances at the time, but later admitted taking doping products for many years.

Click through to read more at Sporza.