Madrid: Spanish champion cyclist Miguel Indurain said Tuesday he believed Lance Armstrong was innocent of the doping scandal that has seen the US rider stripped of seven Tour de France titles. (File Photo - 1994 - Armstrong and Indurain)
"Even now I believe in his innocence. He has always respected all the regulations... He has won all the cases he's had," said Indurain, who won the Tour de France five times consecutively in 1991-1995.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday gave its backing to a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency that placed Armstrong at the heart of the biggest doping programme in sport.
It annulled his record back to August 1, 1998, making Indurain once again the joint record-holder in the world's top cycling race, alongside the Belgian Eddy Merckx and Frenchmen Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil.