Lance Armstrong claimed former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong told Britain’s Daily Mail in an interview published Monday that Verbruggen insisted ‘‘we've got to come up with something’’ to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid. The UCI appeared to ignore its own rules when it accepted Armstrong’s backdated prescription for a cream to treat saddle sores. ‘‘The real problem was, the sport was on life support,’’ Armstrong said in the article. ‘‘And Hein just said, ‘This is a real problem for me; this is the knockout punch for our sport. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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