6 Jul 2012

Claims former team-mates have testified against Armstrong

12:15 pm on 6 July 2012

A Dutch newspaper claims several Tour de France riders have testified in a US Anti-Doping Agency case against Lance Armstrong in exchange for suspended six-month bans.

The story has been dismissed by the manager of the Garmin Sharp team Jonathan Vaughters, who was also accused of being part of the deal.

Vaughters, a former teammate of Armstrong, insists that no one on his team has been suspended, and he refused to answer reporters if he had testified against the seven times Tour de France champion.

George Hincapie, a key lieutenant of Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, has declined to comment directly on an allegation he has testified against Armstrong.

Last month, the US Anti-doping Agency unanimously recommended filing formal charges against Armstrong, who is now retired and claims he's the victim of a witch hunt.