Garmin calls on riders to come clean amid Landis claims

"We believe it is time for transparency"

Garmin team director Jonathan Vaughters says his riders will cooperate with authorities in any investigation, if required

Garmin-Transitions has called for “transparency” from its team riders if they are called by the authorities to answer recent allegations of doping levelled by American rider Floyd Landis.


Landis, formerly of US Postal and Phonak, caused a sensation last week when he admitted to being involved in systematic doping prior to being stripped of his Tour de France crown in 2006.

The American also accused seven-times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, among other former teammates at the now defunct US Postal team, and the team’s manager Johan Bruyneel.

Armstrong and Bruyneel have categorically denied all the accusations although the International Cycling Union (UCI) has since asked the national federations of all riders implicated to investigate the claims.

David Zabriskie, who formerly rode with US Postal and the CSC teams before joining Garmin in 2008, was one of several former teammates named by Landis.

A team statement issued by Garmin’s management company Slipstream Sports reaffirmed their “100 percent clean” approach to racing.

“We cannot change what happened in the past. But we believe it is time for transparency,” the statement said. “We expect anyone in our organization who is contacted by any cycling, anti-doping, or government authority will be open and honest with that authority.

“In that context, we expect nothing short of 100 percent truthfulness – whatever that truth is – to the questions they are asked.

“As long as they express the truth about the past to the appropriate parties, they will continue to have a place in our organization and we will support them for living up to the promise we gave the world when we founded Slipstream Sports.”

The UCI said earlier this week it had requested national federations to investigate claims implicating former US Postal riders Matthew White of Australia and Canada’s Michael Barry, Belgian riders Bruyneel and John Lelangue, the former team manager of Phonak, who was affiliated to the French federation.


© AFP 2010