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25 Jul 1999: (Left-Right) Erik Zabel of Germany (green jersey), Lance Armstrong of USA (yellow jersey and winner) and Richard Virenque of France (red spots) after stage 20 of the 1999 Tour de France between Jonzac and Futuroscope, France. \ Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
Former world cycling leader Hein Verbruggen says he's vindicated after years of ''conspiracy theories'' that he helped cover up doping by Lance Armstrong. The International Cycling Union's honorary president added on Friday it was ''good that Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping,'' which was welcomed by the governing body as an important step in repairing damage the disgraced rider did to the sport. Armstrong told talk-show host Oprah Winfrey that testimony from some former teammates about the UCI making his alleged positive test at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland ''go away'' was untrue. ''I agree with its conclusions in particular the fact that there was no cover-up,'' Verbruggen, who led the UCI from 1991-2005, said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. ''I am pleased that after years of accusations being made against me the conspiracy theories have been shown to be nothing more than that,'' the Dutch official said. ''I have no doubt that the peddlers of such acc...

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