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Doping 'rife' in the mid 1990s

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Monday, October 15, 2012

SYDNEY — Cadel Evans is a true champion whose 2011 Tour de France triumph should not be tarnished by the doping revelations which have rocked cycling this week, says former pro cyclist Tyler Hamilton.

Hamilton, among 11 former teammates whose testimony led to a life ban imposed on seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, lamented on Sunday that his era, the decade from the mid-1990s, was rife with doping.

But despite the American's belief that there are "still a lot of bad apples" in the sport, he says Evans' historic victory is beyond question. "I think you have to question some of the results of the past (but) I don't think you have to question Cadel Evans' result from last year's Tour de France," Hamilton told Channel Nine's Weekend Today.

"From what I've heard about Cadel Evans, he's a true champion.

"He's always been a big anti-doping advocate.

"I can't say anything negative about Cadel Evans. I've a lot of respect for Cadel Evans."

One of Evans' teammates, recently retired American rider George Hincapie, is among those to admit doping while riding with Armstrong's team which ruled the Tour de France from 1995-2005, but he said he rode clean from then on.


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