Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cycling Chief Ready to Give Lance Verdict

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cycling Chief Ready to Give Lance Verdict

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CYCLING International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid will Monday reveal the world governing body's response to the United States Antidoping Agency's scathing Lance Armstrong report on Monday.

Armstrong refused to co-operate with USADA, who last week published a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

In accordance with the World Anti-doping Code, the UCI had 21 days to respond, until October 31, but now McQuaid will address the issue in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.

"UCI President Mr Pat McQuaid will inform on the UCI position concerning the USADA decision on the Armstrong case," said a UCI statement to announce the media conference.

Armstrong announced he would not contest charges handed down by USADA in August.

USADA promptly stripped the 41-year-old of all results since August 1, 1998, including his record run of seven Tour de France triumphs from 1999 to 2005, and banned him for life. …

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