Olympic Track Cycling Set For Overhaul

by Justin Davis MENDRISIO, Switzerland, Sept 26, 2009 (AFP) - Female track cyclists could be among the biggest winners at the London Olympics after it emerged Saturday that world cycling chiefs want "gender parity" at the 2012 Games. Currently, there are 10 track cycling finals at the Olympics. But while the men compete in seven competitions, the women get to contend just … [Read more...]

Pat McQuaid Is Re-Elected At UCI

International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid was re-elected for another four-year mandate Friday following a UCI congress on the fringes of the world road race championships. The 60-year-old Irishman was the only candidate for the post, which he took over from Dutchman Hein Verbruggen in 2005. A former professional racer in the 1970s, McQuaid has also worked as a cycling coach, … [Read more...]

French Minister Says UCI Must Not Waver

VITTEL, France, July 16, 2009 (AFP) - French Minister for Sport Roselyne Bachelot hit out Thursday at cycling's world ruling body, calling for a more stringent approach to carrying out the doping controls on the race. An incident involving the Astana team of race favourites Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong last week prompted France's national anti-doping agency (AFLD) to hit out at the … [Read more...]

Decision On Tour Race Radios On Thursday – UCI

Cycling's world governing body, the UCI, appears set to make a u-turn on the controversial banning of race radios for stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday. However, UCI chief Pat McQuaid said no decision will be made by the UCI's management committee until Thursday. "The Tour organizers have requested that radios be allowed for Friday's stage and we have put that request to our … [Read more...]

Scandal-Free Tour Is Possible, Says Pat McQuaid

by Justin Davis PARIS, June 11, 2009 (AFP) - Hopes of a scandal-free Tour de France in 2009 may be pie in the sky to some, but cycling's most obstinate cheats have been warned they face a rocky road towards glory on the world's biggest bike race. On Wednesday Tour organizers were given perhaps the biggest assurances yet that the anti-doping authorities will, in the words of world … [Read more...]

Cycling Chiefs To Name Latest Cheats, Threaten Sanctions

by Justin Davis PARIS, June 10, 2009 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said several riders currently under suspicion of doping will be named publicly next week, and will subsequently face sanctions. UCI chief Pat McQuaid, here Wednesday to announce plans for the fight against doping at next month's Tour de France, would not give any details on the riders involved. … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2009 Peloton To Face An Anti-Doping Army

by Justin Davis PARIS, June 10, 2009 (AFP) - Potential drugs cheats at the 2009 Tour de France will face the biggest anti-doping army ever seen at a major sports event next month, UCI chief Pat McQuaid has warned. McQuaid, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), was speaking here Wednesday as he officially welcomed the French National Anti Doping Agency (AFLD) back … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen To Be Given A Chance To Race At Tour de France

PARIS, June 10, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian star Tom Boonen has been given a chance to compete in next month's Tour de France despite a recent, second positive test for cocaine. Quick Step star Boonen, the winner of major one-day classics and Tour de France stages, sparked controversy last month when it was revealed he had tested positive for cocaine for the second time in a year. It led to … [Read more...]

Boonen Could Still Make Tour de France, Says UCI’s Pat McQuaid

BRUSSELS, May 27, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen could still take part in the Tour de France despite his recent positive test for cocaine, according to Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI). "There is no reason to ban Tom Boonen from the Tour. From the point of view of sporting regulations, nothing can stop Boonen. He has committed no fault in his capacity as … [Read more...]

Open Letter To Mr. Pat Mc Quaid, President of the UCI.

Written by: Myles McCorry of BikePure.org Firstly, may I congratulate the UCI on the evolving efforts to rid our wonderful sport of the cheats and their suppliers who continue to bring cycling into disrepute. With major scientific advances in drug-testing procedures, coupled with the mainstream global desire for a new start, we can visualize an era of clean, real cycle … [Read more...]