Thu July 5, 2012 6:01pm
GEORGE Hincapie, one of Cadel Evans' key Tour de France lieutenants, is among five former team-mates of Lance Armstrong who have allegedly given evidence regarding doping against the US cycling superstar.
In a front-page report, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf's chief cycling writer Raymond Kerckhoffs says Hincapie and fellow Tour de France riders Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde and Levi Leipheimer have testified against Armstrong.
Interestingly, Zabriskie, Vande Velde and Leipheimer last week turned down their selection to ride the Olympic road race in London, six days after the Tour ends.
The US Anti-Doping Agency has charged Armstrong, the record seven-time Tour de France champion, with doping.
Garmin-Sharp team boss Jonathan Vaughters, a former teammate of Armstrong, is also said to have testified but declined to talk to The Australian when contacted tonight.
Kerckhoffs in De Telegraaf said the riders received six-month suspended sentences, dated so they could ride in the Tour.
The four riders all mysteriously pulled out of the American Olympic road team a few days before the Tour.
Asked at the Tour presentation last week about his reasons for not riding at the Games, Hincapie replied: "I have several reasons for pulling out of the Olympic team and they're all private - I don't really care to discuss anything."