Lance Armstrong has caused a stom on social media with his reply to Trek-Segafredo’s congratulatory message to Olympic time trial winner Fabian Cancellara.
In May 2011, Tyler Hamilton publicly admitted to doping and helped the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in its investigation that finally proved Armstrong guilty of years of doping.
Hamilton has spoken out about doping since, including giving an interview where he recalled a story from the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, where his Rock Racing teammates intimidated a rider for making comments about them and their links to Puerto. They called him “Luigi,” his alleged Fuentes code name. Cancellara criticized Hamilton and his teammates ahead of that Amgen Tour.
Cancellara has always denied any link to Fuentes, and has always denied that he has ever been involved in doping. Thomas Dekker, another cyclist linked to the ‘Luigi’ blood bag in the last years, replied to Armstrong’s tweet, simply saying “Wasn’t me!”.
Luigi it’s also the name of Luigi Cecchini, long-time trainer who worked with Bjarne Riis at the CSC team that Cancellara rode for from 2006 to 2010. In his tell-all book The Secret Race former CSC rider – and former team-mate of Armstrong – Tyler Hamilton asserts that Cecchini was party to doping. Something Cecchini strongly denies.
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