UCI Backs Independent Audit On ‘Lance Armstrong Years’

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

LAUSANNE, June 14, 2013 (AFP) – World cycling’s governing body has backed a
proposal to carry out an independent audit of its role in the Lance Armstrong
doping scandal that rocked the sport.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement on Thursday
evening that its management committee approved the idea continued talks on
their handling of the Texan rider with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at
a meeting in Bergen, Norway.

UCI president Pat McQuaid indicated the likelihood of such a move in an
interview with AFP in May and that WADA, who had previously criticized the
disbanding of an independent commission to look into the matter, were also in
favor.

WADA and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), whose devastating report last
year exposed Armstrong as a serial drug cheat, refused to work with the
commission.

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins and banned
from cycling for life but questions linger about how he was able to evade
detection for so long — and whether the UCI was complicit in a cover-up.

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