Brit cycling heroes Wiggins, Hoy claim they always 'smelt rat' in Armstrong success

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 07:30 hrs

Britain's cycling heroes Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy have claimed they had their suspicions on disgraced Lance Armstrong's unprecedented success in the game.

Armstrong has denied all the allegations in a 1,000-page United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) dossier, which has branded him as the ringleader of the entire doping scandal.

Wiggins said the overwhelming evidence against Armstrong is damning, but he isn't surprised by it since he always had an idea about it.

"It is certainly not [as Armstrong's camp have claimed] a one-sided hatchet job, it is pretty damning. There is a lot of it, the evidence is now overwhelming," the Daily Mirror quoted Wiggins, as saying.

"I'm not surprised by it - I had a good idea what is going on," he added.

Meanwhile, Wiggins' fellow GB Olympic hero Hoy has branded cycling Armstrong's drugs bust depressing and also claimed that he had smelled a rat all along between 1999 and 2005.

Hoy said: "You have to take those performances at face value. Until they are proven guilty, I think you have to assume that they're clean. But, in that era, there were a lot of people testing positive."

"The guys who were coming second and third behind Lance were testing positive, so there was an element of suspicion surrounding him. But I always try and give people the benefit of the doubt," he added.

"Everybody's surprised by it, particularly in British cycling, where the Sky team is -transparent about how it -operates and has zero -tolerance to performance-enhancing drugs," he said. (ANI)

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