Teammates to testify against Lance

Teammates to testify against Lance

Thu July 5, 2012 7:04pm

UPDATE: CADEL Evans' Tour de France guardian angel is refusing to comment on claims he confessed to doping with Lance Armstrong.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraf is reporting Hincapie and three other US riders are have admitted to doping and will be banned at the end of the season for six months.

Hincapie, 39, has already indicated he will retire at the end of the year after contesting a record 17th Tour de France.

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Armstrong has been charged by the US Anti-Doping Agency of running a clandestine doping ring with five other men for much of his career.

If found guilty, the Texan almost certainly will be stripped of his seven Tour de France victories.

Hincapie refuses to comment on claims

Hincapie has ridden on nine winning Tour teams - seven with Armstrong and one each with Evans and Alberto Contador, who is serving a suspension for doping offences.

Hincapie refused to comment on the explosive claims ahead of tonight's sixth stage from Rouen to Saint-Quentin.

"I'm here to race the Tour de France," he said. "I'm here to help Cadel win the Tour."

Hincapie is one of four former Armstrong team-mates contesting the Tour who are alleged to have confessed to doping and testified against the seven-time Tour de France winner, according to De Telegraaf.

Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie are said to have given evidence in the USADA investigation.

All four recently asked not to be considered for the London Olympic Games.

Garmin-Sharp team boss Jonathan Vaughters was also named in the De Telegraaf report but it is not clear whether he will face suspension.

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