Wellington: Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador believes banned Lance Armstrong has not been treated with proper respect throughout the doping investigation, and added that the American was humiliated and lynched by doping accusations.
“It seems to me that at certain times and in certain places Lance is not being treated with any respect. He is being humiliated and lynched, in my opinion. He is being destroyed,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Contador, as saying.
“Right now people are talking about Lance but there has not been any new test or anything. It`s based exclusively on witness statements that could have existed in 2005. I respect each rider`s decision but I would have liked it to happen a bit earlier,” he added.
“What there is (in terms of evidence) I don`t know, what I do know is that if cycling is popular in the United States it`s thanks to him. If they know over there what the Tour is it`s thanks to him, if there are top-level teams and races in his country it`s thanks to him,” he said.
Armstrong was stripped of his 1999-2005 Tour victories on Monday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the US Anti-Doping Agency``s decision to erase his results from August, 1998.