Armstrong Admission ‘Important Step Forward’ For UCI

Pat McQuaid of the UCI

Pat McQuaid of the UCI

LAUSANNE, Jan 18, 2013 – Cycling’s world governing body on Friday
welcomed Lance Armstrong’s belated admission of doping during his career,
assessing that it will help the sport recover from the scourge of its
drug-fuelled past.

“Lance Armstrong’s decision finally to confront his past is an important
step forward on the long road to repairing the damage that has been caused to
cycling and to restoring confidence in the sport,” UCI president Pat McQuaid
said.

The International Cycling Union has been accused of colluding with the
cyclist to cover-up positive tests and come under pressure to reveal how he
was able to avoid detection for so long.

McQuaid noted that Armstrong did not mention any “collusion or conspiracy”
but said it was “disturbing to watch him describe a litany of offenses” as he
cheated his way to seven Tour de France victories and became the sport’s most
famous figure.

The Irishman acknowledged that Armstrong’s assertion that modern cycling
was a different sport from when he was in his heyday, pointing to efforts to
clean up the sport, including by introducing biological passports.

He also said the federation welcomed his desire to participate in a “truth
and reconciliation process”.

The UCI has set up an independent commission to look at its own role in the
scandal but has so far refused a partial or full amnesty for cyclists who
doped in the past.

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