Verbruggen Defends UCI Warnings To 'Doping' Riders

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen says he didn't act inappropriately when the governing body decided to inform riders about suspicious test results.

Verbruggen, who led the UCI during Lance Armstrong's era of Tour de France domination, says the old policy meant "riders who were doping (but who had yet to fail a test) were effectively warned that they were being watched."

He says other sports had the same policy regarding "atypical" results.

The UCI honorary president issued a statement after Dutch magazine "Vrij Nederland" reported his comments that Armstrong and other riders were contacted about doping suspicions.

Verbruggen states the policy was "a two-pronged attack on doping: prevention both by dissuasion and repression."

Verbruggen says it was designed "to protect clean riders against competitors who might be doping."