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Friday, November 09, 2012

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Former Lance Armstrong teammate David George will have the opportunity to reveal how and when he took the blood-boosting drug EPO and if he used it when he raced with the disgraced American more than a decade ago.

George admitted to using EPO on Tuesday, shortly after the announcement of his positive test by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). He was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa for failing an out-of-competition test on August 29 and faces a two-year ban, pending a hearing. Any information George provides will be weighed in deciding his discipline, said Khalid Galant, SAIDS' chief executive.

George cycled on Armstrong's US Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000.

"He can name people," Galant said.

SAIDS said it had no evidence against George before his positive result and no authority to question him on events before that.

But Galant said the former South African Olympic rider and two-time Commonwealth Games medallist was free to tell how and when he received the drug.

"He can come forward and tell how he received the drug, if there was an infrastructure."





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