UCI to reveal Armstrong response

Cycling’s governing body will reveal their response to the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (Usada) report into Lance Armstrong on Monday.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) could ratify Usada’s decision to strip the American cyclist of his seven Tour de France titles.

However, it could also take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Armstrong report key claims

Lance Armstrong

  • Achievements of USPS/Discovery Channel pro cycling team accomplished through the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen
  • Armstrong’s career at the team was fuelled from start to finish by doping
  • More than a dozen former team-mates, friends and former team employees confirm a fraudulent course of conduct
  • Armstrong acted with the help of a small army of enablers, including doping doctors, drug smugglers and others within and outside the sport and his team
  • He had ultimate control over not only his own personal drug use but over the doping culture of the team
  • Team staff were good at predicting when testers would turn up and seemed to have inside information
  • Evidence is beyond strong and as strong as any case ever brought by Usada

UCI president Pat McQuaid said: “We will inform on our position concerning the Usada decision on Monday.”

Armstrong, 41, received a life ban from Usada for what the organisation called “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

The American, who overcame cancer to return to professional cycling, won the Tour de France in seven successive years from 1999 to 2005.

He has always denied doping but chose not to fight the charges filed against him.

Usada

released a 1,000-page report earlier this month

which included sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team and the doping activities of its members.

Usada praised the “courage” shown by the riders in coming forward and breaking the sport’s “code of silence”.

Armstrong, who retired in 2005 but returned in 2009 before retiring for good two years later, has not commented on the details of Usada’s report.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said there

should be “no winner” of the Tour for each of the seven years

where Armstrong won if the decision to strip him of his victories is upheld.

Earlier this week,

Armstrong lost three of his main sponsors

with sportswear giant Nike, cycle maker Trek and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch all cutting ties with him.

Armstrong has also stepped down as chairman of his cancer charity Livestrong.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20008520

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