Giorgio Squinzi, once owner of the venerable Mapei cycling team, told the media today – that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen threatened to permanently disqualify his team after a remark he made back in 1999 regarding "doping" in the sport of cycling. As many may remember, Mapei was a dominant force in the sport throughout the 90’s.
While at a conference in Pescara, Italy today, Squinzi spoke about his own dealings with Verbruggen and his knowledge that the UCI president was protecting Armstrong.
"Sure it happened," Squinzi told the Italian newspaper Tuttobici. "I told him in 1999 when I said that you could not get in the top five at the Grand Tours without the use of doping."When I said those things Verbruggen threatened to disqualify my team forever."
"The exclusion of Garzelli, who tested positive for a masking agent, wasn’t a normal thing,” Squinzi said. “At the start nothing was found. Later, as soon as he won a stage, a forbidden substance came out all of a sudden. That’s bizarre."
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