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Claims Armstrong said “We’ve all done EPO”
Cyclingnews has obtained a full copy of Kathy LeMond’s deposition from the 2006 SCA case. LeMond testifies under oath that Julian Devries, a former US Postal mechanic, told her and several others that Nike and Thom Weisel – the San Francisco banker who sponsored and part-owned Armstrong’s team – had transferred $500,000 to a Swiss bank account that belonged to UCI honorary president Hein Verbruggen.
The money was allegedly sent to cover up a 1999 positive drug test for corticosteroids, which Armstrong had used to treat saddle sores.
Devries has denied telling the LeMond’s this but in her deposition Mrs LeMond states: “He believed the money must have come from Nike and Thom Weisel because he couldn’t figure out where the money came from.”
The NY Daily News reported the allegations Tuesday and Nike, which has stated their backing of Armstrong in the face of recent doping revelations released a statement:
“In response to the offensive allegations in today’s New York Daily News, Nike vehemently denies that it paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen $500,000 to cover up a positive drug test. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.”
Devries worked as Greg LeMond’s mechanic during the American’s racing career and later also had a job with US Postal team. In Kathy LeMond’s deposition she states that in a conversation with Devries which took place at the Tour de France in 2000, he disclosed that he had also worked at a US Postal training camp in May 2000 that was attended by Armstrong, Kevin Livingston and Tyler Hamilton. According to Mrs LeMond, Devries said ‘when they weren’t on their bikes, they were on IVs.’
In Tyler Hamilton’s book “The Secret Race” he discusses the training camp in May 2000, supporting LeMond’s claim. In his autobiography Hamilton writes: “As Johan [Bruyneel] explained it, Lance, Kevin, and I would fly to Valencia. We would donate a bag of blood, which would be
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