Puncture Armstrong claims the ex-president of cycling’s world governing body understood he was doping and assisted cover it up.

The American has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year just before admitting he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

told the Daily Mail that Hein Verbruggen helped your pet avoid a ban in 1999 by agreeing to blame a positive test on a backdated prescription for a steroid cream to treat saddle sores.

Verbruggen has refused any wrongdoing.

Dutchman Verbruggen has been president of the International Cycling Marriage (UCI) when Armstrong tested positive at the 1999 Tour de Italy.

The American says Verbruggen approved the idea of backdating the prescribed to help protect the image of the sports activity.

Armstrong, who ‘won’ his initial Tour de France in 1999, informed the Daily Mail: “The true problem was, the sport was on life support [after the 1998 Festina drugs scandal]. Plus Hein just said, ‘This is indeed a problem for me, this is the knockout strike for our sport, the year after Festina, so we’ve got to come up with something’. And we backdated the prescription. “

In a letter to the national federations, published earlier this month, Verbruggen stated his conscience was “absolutely clean”.

He wrote: “I have never served inappropriately. With the benefit of hindsight, however , I admit that I could have carried out some things differently, but I do not accept that my integrity is in doubt. “

Current UCI president Brian Cookson
has been elected in September guaranteeing that establishing independent anti-doping procedures and carrying out “a swift investigation into cycling’s doping culture” had been his priorities.

The company claimed in a statement that it might fully examine its own role within the scandals of the past.

“The UCI’s Independent Commission of Inquiry is in the process of being set up, ” this read.

“The commission will request individuals to provide evidence and we might urge all those involved to come forwards and help in its work.

“This investigation is essential to the well-being of bicycling in fully understanding the doping culture of the past, the role from the UCI at that time and helping us all to move forward to a clean and healthy future. ”

Verbruggen remains a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which responded to Armstrong’s newest claims by questioning his integrity and stating that it would await the UCI’s own conclusions just before acting.

“It is hard to give any kind of credibility to the claims of a cyclist who appears to have misled the world for decades, ” read an IOC statement.

“We await proper considered outcomes from this investigation rather than rumour and accusation. “

In Aug 2012, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de Italy titles and accused by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the “most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program sport has ever seen”.

After repeatedly denying accusations of doping, he finally admitted in a television
interview with chatshow sponsor Oprah Winfrey in January which he had taken performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.