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Hincapie denies making Armstrong allegations

ESPN staff
May 21, 2011
Lance Armstrong has now retired © Getty Images

George Hincapie, one of Lance Armstrong's most loyal US Postal team-mates, has denied claims that he told a federal investigation that he and Armstrong used banned substances.

CBS programme 60 Minutes made the claim, just 24 hours after fellow former US Postal rider Tyler Hamilton alleged Armstrong had taken EPO.

However, Hincapie is determined not to get into a mud-slinging situation over the accusations, releasing a statement to reject claims he had spoken to 60 Minutes.

"I can confirm to you that I never spoke with 60 Minutes," Hincapie stated through his attorney. "I have no idea where they got their information.

"As I've said in the past, I continue to be disappointed that people are talking about the past in cycling instead of the future.

"As for the substance of anything in the 60 Minutes story, I cannot comment on anything relating to the ongoing investigation."

Armstrong has always maintained he is clean, responding to Hamilton's claims that he had seen Armstrong "inject it (EPO) more than one time like we all did."

"Hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book, and now he has completely changed the story he has always told before so that he could get himself on 60 Minutes and increase his chances with publishers," a representative for Armstrong said.

"But greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports. He has passed nearly 500 tests over 20 years of competition."

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