AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Italian doctor accused of helping riders on Lance Armstrong’s winning Tour de France teams take performance-enhancing drugs denies the charges that resulted in his ban from sports.
Dr. Michele Ferrari said Thursday he never saw doping on Armstrong’s teams and only helped riders develop training routines. Armstrong has repeatedly said he’s innocent of doping.
Ferrari says he wasn’t formally notified of the charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and learned of Tuesday’s ban through the media. A USADA spokeswoman said the charges were hand-delivered to Ferrari in person at his home.
USADA says Ferrari developed a mixture of testosterone and olive oil that could avoid detection and helped riders take banned blood boosters. Ferrari calls the oil-steroid mixture an old “legend” in cycling.