24 Oct 2012

Hamilton hits out at UCI boss

6:08 am on 24 October 2012

The American cyclist Tyler Hamilton, whose testimony helped bring down Lance Armstrong, has blasted the International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid, saying the Irishman has "no place" in the sport.

McQuaid has described Hamilton and Floyd Landis, who also testified against Armstrong, as "scumbags" after the UCI ratified the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

Hamilton has said in a statement Pat McQuaid's comments expose the hypocrisy of his leadership and demonstrate why he is incapable of any meaningful change in terms of instilling hope for the next generation of cyclists.

At a media conference in Geneva yesterday McQuaid had started to thank those who had testified before USADA, but then directed his anger at Hamilton and Landis, the first Armstrong team mates to break the code of silence, accusing them of damaging the sport.