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Sunday 24, Apr 2016

  Team Sky Rider Back Under The Spotlight Again

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Team Sky rider Sergio Henao has been withdrawn by the team for the second time in his professional cycling career after concerns were raised by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF).

On Wednesday, Team Sky announced the news on its website. The team remarked Sergio has this week been contacted by the CADF with a request for more information with regards to readings on his Athlete Blood Passport from August 2011 to June 2015 and added these include the same readings which prompted us to undertake further research in 2014. Team Sky also said in the statement that we continue to support Sergio and remain confident in the independent scientific research which was undertaken. The statement further reads that we will be helping Sergio make his case robustly over the coming period and the rider will also withdraw from racing until the issue is resolved given this contact from the CADF and the very obvious distraction to him. Team Sky also said there is no obligation on us to do this but it is team policy if and when a formal process such as this begins.

Henao’s team remarked we continue to support Sergio and remain confident in the independent scientific research which was undertaken. Team Sky added it is our hope that this can be looked at and resolved quickly by all the relevant authorities so Sergio can start racing again soon.

This was after concerns regarding his biological passport arose. The biological passport collects data on the use of legal and illegal drugs and the readings of Henao demonstrated some discrepancy for the second time in his career.

The Colombian, who was previously withdrawn in 2014, said he works hard and has made a lot of sacrifices for where he is today. Henao made a return to race at the Tour de Suisse after he was withdrawn for the first time following the findings of scientific experts at the conclusion of the independent research program. The 10-week program gave Team Sky the highest level of confidence in Sergio’s previous data and profiles. At that time, Team Sky remarked the study provided valuable new insights into the physiology of ‘altitude natives’ such as Colombian climbers.

Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford had then remarked that we have (by taking this structured, scientific approach) gained a better understanding of his readings and specific physiology and valuable insights into the effects of altitude. Brailsford had also commented that we are very pleased to welcome Sergio back to racing and are looking forward to having him at the Tour de Suisse and said our approach has been fair to both the rider and the team, and whilst it was our decision to take him out of racing, it is also ours that he returns with our full backing.

The research program was conducted by a team from the University of Sheffield with the cooperation of the Colombian anti-doping authorities started in Europe, continued for 6-weeks at altitude in Colombia, and finished with final base-level tests in Nice.

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Friday 30, Jan 2015

  Armstrong Says He Will Cheat Again If Doping Remained Pervasive

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Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitted to extensive use of banned performance enhancing drugs during his career, has remarked that he would use the drugs again if he was competing in the doping-abundant culture that existed in professional cycling during the 1990s.

The former American professional road racing cyclist, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong received a lifetime ban from competitive cycling by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. This was after Armstrong was found guilty of using and promoting the culture of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. In January 2013, the cyclist admitted to doping and use of banned drugs and techniques such as blood doping, testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormone during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong denied using banned drugs before he was held guilty by USADA. He called many former teammates and riders liars when they accused him of doping. Lance Armstrong also threatened lawsuits against many of them.

The 43-year-old, in an interview with the BBC, said he had to make use of performance enhancing drugs in order to compete. Armstrong said if he was racing in 2015, he would not do it again because he does not think you have to but added he would probably do it again if he is taken back to 1995 when doping was completely pervasive. Armstrong remarked he would want to change the man that did those things, maybe not the decision, but the way he acted and added the way he treated people, the way he couldn’t stop fighting and went on to add that it was unacceptable and inexcusable. The former cyclist also expressed a desire for forgiveness from the public and remarked he is hopeful that he is getting close to that time when his life in public might return to normal. Armstrong also remarked that he believes he should still be considered a seven-time winner of Tour de France.

Armstrong also criticized Brian Cookson, the present president of the world governing body of cycling. The ex-cyclist said the decisions to “rush” through the request of Team Sky for Chris Froome to get emergency steroid treatment after the prologue of the Tour de Romandie and handling of the Astana doping affair by Cookson depict failures to signal a new direction at the top of the sport.

Many observers believed that Team Astana will have its WorldTour license revoked by UCI but the world governing body decided against it. Armstrong said he believes Cookson’s hands might have been tied by rules of the UCI.

In another development, former world cycling chief pat McQuaid has remarked that he had’certain sympathy’ with Armstrong. The ex-UCI chief said Armstrong has been harshly treated and very much made a scapegoat and added that there was a ‘witch-hunt’ after the cyclist. McQuaid also remarked that USADA wanted a ‘big name’ and this was the reason why Lance Armstrong was ‘treated differently’ from other cyclists who engaged in doping. The former UCI chief also said USADA made deals with smaller riders so that they can get information about the big riders.

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Wednesday 22, Oct 2014

  Jakob Fuglsang May Leave Astana

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Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang has hinted that he may leave Team Astana if the professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by the Samruk-Kazyna loses WorldTour licence over doping cases.

Fuglsang was making this comment after three of his Astana teammates were announced as having tested positive in the past five and a half weeks. The Danish rider remarked such incidents are not good for his reputation and added such events are also not good of what people think about him. Fuglsang remarked he does not want anything to do with doping, and so we must hope that everything will be under control from now on and there will be no more cases and also added that there are no more on the team, who are trying to cheat the system.

On September 10, it was confirmed by the world governing body of cycling that Team Astana’s rider Valentin Iglinskiy had undergone a doping test and the A sample had revealed traces of Erythropoietin (EPO). Valentin waived the right to have his B sample tested and was fired from the Astana team. In a statement, Team Astana remarked Valentin has admitted to using prohibited substances on his own initiative and independently, without any consultation from the Astana Pro Team staff. The team statement reads in its wish for full transparency, Astana Pro Team has refused to defend a rider who failed to respect the rules and ethics as stipulated in his contract and who has failed to behave in a manner consistent with other riders in his team and within professional cycling.

The 30-year-old is a past winner of stages in races such as the Tour of Qinghai Lake, the Tour of Bulgaria, the Presidential Tour of Turkey and the Tour du Loir et Cher, and took the overall classification in the Tour of Hainan in both 2010 and 2011.

On October 1, it was revealed by the UCI’s list of provisionally suspended riders that Valentin’s elder brother Maxim Iglinskiy had also failed an A sample test for EPO.

Recently, llya Davidenok of Team Astana returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids.

After the third positive test, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said it will ask its License Commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana Pro Team. The statement reads this follows the serious concerns raised by the fact that two Astana riders, Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy recently tested positive for EPO and the notification this week that llya Davidenok has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on 28th August 2014.

The UCI statement also revealed that IIya Davidenok has ridden from 1st January 2012 to date for Continental Team Astana and since 1st August 2014 has also been a stagiaire with Astana Pro Team and added that the rider has the right to request analysis of the B sample and in accordance with UCI Anti-doping Rules has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the matter and at this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on this individual case.

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Saturday 22, Feb 2014

  Legendary Local Bicycle Racer Banned

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David LeDuc, known to many as the king of bicycle racing in North Carolina, has received a two-year ban from competition from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The 62-year-old cyclist, known by the nickname “The Ol’ Man” in local racing circles, is a 21-time national champion and 2001 age-group world champion. LeDuc failed a urine test at the U.S. Masters National Road Championships in Oregon last summer. The cyclist admitted to using a wide range of performance enhancing drugs, including synthetic testosterone and EPO, a drug used by some professional cyclists like Lance Armstrong. However, USADA has allowed LeDuc to keep all his wins before the positive test.

LeDuc remarked he admitted to doping when he was informed of his positive A test. He added that doctors had given him legitimate prescriptions for Testosterone and amphetamines but he had no excuse for EPO. LeDuc remarked he suffered from symptoms of low testosterone such as depression and lethargy and his doctor diagnosed with low testosterone levels. LeDuc added that a friend competing in a different sport had given a small amount of EPO to him shortly after the 2013 nationals after he learned that LeDuc was having a poor season.

The cyclist added he had been riding clean when he conquered the national championship and hesitated to reveal how long he had been using amphetamines but said he had been using the testosterone and EPO only a short period before he delivered the positive test. LeDuc went on to remark that using testosterone and EPO didn’t help him and he had the worst results this year. LeDuc remarked he plans to race again when his sanction is over.

LeDuc started racing in 1980 when he was doing graduation in English at N.C. State University and after being influenced by the iconic cycling movie “Breaking Away.” In 2013, LeDuc won the 27-mile race for over-60 racers in the morning at the Tour de Moore in 2013. The cyclist then lined for the 55-mile race for 50-plus rider at 12:15 p.m. that he won as well. He was almost a regular at the 39-year-old Tour de Moore in Southern Pines, which is one of the largest races in the Southeast. Race director Mac Canon said LeDuc is an excellent racer, an excellent rider, and he’s safe to be around. Mac Canon added he is shocked but LeDuc has had a lot of wins, and won a lot of races convincingly and added nobody trains harder than him.

Judy Rhyne of Southern Pines, a long-time national racing judge and president of the Carolinas Cycling Association, said he like many others find it hard to understand why someone old enough to be a grandfather would be using such drugs to win obscure races with tiny prizes. Rhyne added that her organization has plans to enter into a partnership with USA Cycling, the national sanctioning body, to share the cost for USADA testing at certain events this year.

Doping has remained a big problem in professional cycling as well as amateur bike racing. In 2012, a masters’ racer from California failed a drug test at the U.S. Masters National Road Championships. In 2010, a racer named Pete Cannell tested positive for an anabolic steroid and forfeited three masters’ national championships.

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Friday 10, May 2013

  Holm Still Respects Sørensen After Doping Admission

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Holm Still Respects Sørensen After Doping Admission

Former Danish professional road bicycle racer Rolf Sørensen has admitted to using EPO as well as cortisone during his professional cycling career. But that has not brought him any lower in the eyes of Dane Brian Holm, now a director at Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

Holm said Sørensen was a superstar and we were a bit jealous because he won a lot and was simply a better cyclist and added that now that he has admitted to doping, it is a surprise to him. Holm added that he still has a lot of respect for Rolf as a cyclist and one should show to someone who won Flanders and Liège.

In a statement, the most winning Danish bicycle racer ever, with his 53 victories over 17 seasons, Sørensen remarked he used Erythropoietin periodically in the 90s and added that he also used the substance cortisone in some cases. He added that there is no other excuse than that he did what he felt compelled to do to be an equal among peers. In his statement, he added that he has been asked many times about doping over the last year and he should long ago have come clean and also said it is solely his responsibility and rendered his apology sincerely and with great humility for my tardiness. The Danish cyclist declined to name any other riders involved in doping.

Sørensen, Holm, and Jesper Skibby were household names during the 1990s. The Danish contingent was nicknamed the ‘Danish Coffee Club’ and they used to ride  together at the back of the bunch together and despite riding for different teams and had a great habit of celebrating each other’s wins as if they wore the same jerseys.

The cyclist started his professional career with Fanini in 1986 and then moved to Ariostea from 1988 through 1992. Rolf Sørensen remained on Italian teams, Carrera Jeans-Tassoni and GB-MG Maglificio from 1993 through 1995 and then moved to Rabobank in 1996. He won such classic one-day races as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Paris–Brussels, Paris–Tours and Milan-Turin and led the UCI Road World Cup on several occasions, finishing third in 1989 and 1991 and second in 1997. Sørensen also won individual stages in the 1994 and 1996 Tour de France, and wore the yellow jersey as the leader of the race after the team time trial in 1991.

Sørensen also won a stage of the Giro d’Italia, three stages in the Tour of the Basque Country, six stages plus two overall victories at Tirreno-Adriatico, two stages at the Tour of Romandie and two stages at the Tour de Suisse during the 1990s. He also won a silver medal in the road race at the 1996 Olympic Games, the first year where professionals were allowed to compete and came too close to win the overall World Cup title on two occasions with a second place overall result in 1997 and third in both 1989 and 1991. Sørensen was a client of Francesco Conconi and Luigi Cecchini.

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Friday 05, Apr 2013

  Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

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Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

Fränk Schleck will be free to return to professional cycling over a period of three months on July 14, 2013 after it was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it would not challenge the one-year ban handed to the Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Leopard.

The rider tested positive for Xipamide during the Tour de France in 2012 and will miss out on this year’s Tour de France. The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, advised the cyclist on July 14, 2012 of an Adverse Analytical Finding in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test as the WADA accredited laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry detected the presence of the diuretic Xipamide in Schleck’s urine sample.

Xipamide is a prescription-only and orally administered diuretic drug that is also known as Diurexan. It is usually recommended by medical practitioners to help patients deal with high blood pressure. Sportsmen and others use it to help remove traces of banned substances prior to a doping control. It falls into a special category of substances under the World-Anti Doping Code called “Specified Substances.”

The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency’s disciplinary Board could have issued a maximum two-year penalty, but went with one year after noting the extremely low amount of the banned substance. At that time, Schleck said in a statement that he was disappointed by the verdict but relieved that the judges acknowledged that the present is not a case of doping and that he had no intention to enhance performance as this is very important to him, his family, team, and all those who support him. The Agence Luxembourgeoise Anti Dopage (ALAD), Luxembourg’s national anti-doping agency, said that Schleck had failed to provide an adequate explanation of its presence and the cyclist decided not to appeal against the ALAD’s ruling. The anti-doping agency, in its ruling announced on January 30, said the cyclist had not ingested the substance intentionally and hair analysis carried out didn’t reveal any evidence of doping. It also said that Schleck’s biological passport was not suspicious.

The decision of the UCI and WADA not to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport means Fränk Schleck, the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, can target the Vuelta a España that begins in late August.

The cyclist won a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador. His past is not free from controversies as one day prior to a decisive penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2008 he was accused by the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung to have a contact with the infamous Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in December 2005.

Meanwhile, his brother Andy of RadioShack-Nissan is said to have been more seriously injured in the Critérium du Dauphiné crash than thought before and will not be able to ride in this year’s Tour de France. It was revealed by examinations that Andy had fractured his pelvis and will be out for six weeks.

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Monday 18, Mar 2013

  Blood-Doping Doctor Should Be Put In Jail, Says Prosecutor

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Blood-Doping Doctor Should Be Put In Jail, Says Prosecutor

Spanish prosecutors have called for a jail term of two years for a doctor at the center of a high-profile blood doping racket in professional cycling as they wound up their case.

Eufemiano Fuentes should be imprisoned as he was the “soul and ideologist” of a “fraudulent and punishable” network that was intended to improve sports performance in lieu of money, public prosecutor Rosa Calero said. The doctor and four co-accused are presently on trial and accused of endangering public health by performing blood transfusions on a number of high-profile cyclists. The five are however not facing incitement to doping charges that was not a crime in the country at the time of their arrests in 2006 as part of Spain’s Operation Puerto police probe.

However, Calero remarked the criminal code of Spain still provided for imprisonment. She added the article states that those who supply deteriorated or out-of-date medicines, or those that do not comply with the technical requirement of their composition, stability or efficiency, or substitute a few medicines for others, put in danger the life or health of those people to whom the medicine is supplied. Calero also added that the method followed by Fuentes of carrying blood bags in backpacks to hotels surrounded by cold drinks to keep them at the required temperature “neglected hygienic standards and generated a clear risk to the health” of the recipients.

Lucia Pedreno, another lawyer representing the state, laid out evidence against the other four accused and their roles in the operations of Fuentes. Manolo Saiz and Vicente Belda in their roles as team directors of the Liberty Seguros and Kelme cycling teams respectively were key collaborators in introducing Fuentes to clients who were part of their teams, said Pedreno.

The cycling clients of Fuentes are believed to include at least one former teammate of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and dozens of other cyclists who raced against him. Fuentes disclosed during the trial that he treated not just cyclists, but also players from different sports like soccer and boxing. The star witness of prosecutors is Jesus Manzano, a former cyclist who collapsed during the 2003 Tour de France after a treatment from Fuentes. Manzano testified in the court that Fuentes injected him with 50 milliliters of Oxyglobin, a drug made for dogs, and added that the doctor hid steroids in empty wine bottles and handed out mysterious pills.

Meanwhile, the sport’s ruling body’s president Pat Mcquaid said the cycling community has moved over from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and UCI’s doping process has now been properly equipped to counter the doping challenge. McQuaid added the issue would not be a deterrent for young cyclists to come into cycling and they should view icons like Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins who can be their role models. He also remarked that the now-banned cyclist doped 10 to 15 years back and he used products that were undetectable at that time. Now, the UCI has come up with much stronger and much sophisticated process of halting doping such as biological passport.

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Tuesday 05, Feb 2013

  Spanish Football Boss Denies Knowledge Of Doping

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Inaki Badiola, the former president of Real Sociedad, has admitted that the club paid $423,000 a year to the doctor on trial for doping in professional cycling, among other sports.

A Telegraph report details footage of the former Real Sociedad president, who was in charge in 2008 and 2009, talking about the payment and two doctors were sacked by his administration after an internal investigation found players had been involved in a doping program for six years prior to his arrival. Badiola implicated previous presidents of the club, including Jose Luis Astiazaran, who is now the president of the governing body of Spanish Primera Division. However, the claims were denied by Astiazaran.

Spanish sport has been under the spotlight since Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor on trial for doping in professional cycling and other sports, was arrested as part of Operation Puerto in 2006 though a Spanish judge has refused to “force” or give permission to him to reveal the names of any clients outside cycling, during his trial. Fuentes was involved with Real Sociedad in 2002-2003, when it finished second in the Primera Division, Badiola claimed and added that $364,000 has been spent annually during a number of years in payment to the doctor, undeclared, including the year La Real finished second. He went on to claim that medicines

worth $425,000 were acquired by Real Sociedad that were not listed in the accounts, which means there is another type of accounting at practice here.

Badiola said there is no supporting documentation, delivery details, or bills that can be identified. The former Real Sociedad president added that we know what types of medicines they are and we would not get involved in what they are or were not used for. He also remarked that he found payments for mysterious medicines when he took over the club and audited the accounts. Doctors Eduardo Escobar and Antxon Gorrotxategi were sacked but no players were investigated.

Astiazaran while flatly denying allegations that top flight side Real Sociedad bought doping products under his presidency from 2001-2005 said he never had knowledge or suspicion of illegal practices in relation to the medical services, which always worked with the utmost ethics and professionalism, during his period as president of Real Sociedad. He added that he would have acted forcefully and with due diligence if he had such knowledge or suspicion. Real Sociedad had always cooperated closely with the doping control authorities, said Astiazaran and added that there were never any incidents in the innumerable drugs tests carried out. Astiazaran was reacting after Inaki Badiola claimed that the Basque club had illegally purchased doping products for six years before his arrival that may have come from Eufemaniano Fuentes, a doctor at the center of a major blood doping scandal who is currently on trial in Madrid.

In another revelation, officers from Europol, the  pan-European law enforcement agency, believe they have uncovered evidence of about 400 matches fixed by an Asia-based crime syndicate, in the Champions’ league, World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and several top football matches in European leagues though the New York Times puts the figure at 680.

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Saturday 19, Jan 2013

  Disgraced Cyclist Admits Being Ringleader Of An Elaborate Doping Scheme

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Disgraced Cyclist Admits Being Ringleader Of An Elaborate Doping Scheme

Lance Armstrong, who was banned for life and stripped of all his titles, has finally admitted that he was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on the U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France seven times.

In a two-part interview on Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN network, the disgraced former cycling champion described him as a “flawed character,” and admitted to using banned substances, blood-booster EPO, blood doping, blood transfusions, testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormone; the cyclist refused to implicate anyone else and said it was humanly impossible to win seven straight Tours without doping.

The disgraced cyclist mused that his return to professional cycling in 2009 was the reason he was caught and when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, was forced to give him up to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, he was certain that his “fate was sealed.” Armstrong said he owes an apology to many, including his former masseuse and personal assistant, Emma O’Reilly. He went on to acknowledge that he had lied repeatedly about his doping for years and it has been one of the worst-kept secrets for the better part of a week.

Armstrong, wearing a blue blazer and open-neck shirt, was direct and matter-of-fact and there were no tears and very few laughs. Armstrong said what he called “my cocktail” contained the steroid testosterone and the blood-booster erythropoetein, or EPO. He said blood-doping was so routine and described it as “like saying we have to have air in our tires or water in our bottles.” The cyclist said he doped to create a level-playing field in cycling, a statement that was described by WADA President John Fahey as a convenient way of justifying the fraud committed by the disgraced cyclist. Fahey added that the disgraced cycling champion didn’t appear remorseful and his assertion of creating a level-playing field “gives him no credibility” and added that excuse was not plausible.

His confession drew different responses from anti-doping officials. While his long-time nemesis USADA chief Travis Tygart said this was just a start and Lance has finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit, he also added that the cyclist will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes. On the other hand, World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman said nothing short of a confession under oath – “not talking to a talk-show host,” will help Lance to get his lifetime ban from sanctioned events reconsidered.

In the past, the cyclist has long denied using performance enhancers and it was only after the U.S. Anti Doping Agency accused him of being at the heart of a sophisticated doping program that the “perfect world” of Lance Armstrong came to a halt. After the USADA report, the cycling icon lost nearly all his endorsements and was forced to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity.

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Monday 12, Nov 2012

  CAS President To Select Panel For Investigating UCI

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CAS President To Select Panel For Investigating UCI

Following recent claims into the management of the sport in the governing body of cycling, the three-man panel to investigate the International Cycling Union (UCI), will be selected by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) president.

John Coates, the ICAS president and chairman of the Australian Olympic Council, has been named as the man to select the three-man Independent Commission for investigating allegations against the cycling’s governing body in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the running of cycling by its governing body in general.

The CAS President has agreed to selecting the panel that will be chaired by a senior lawyer of international standing and also consist of a forensic accountant for looking into allegations of illegal payments by the disgraced cyclist and a senior sports administrator. All the three panel members will be free of any cycling connections. The governing body of cycling has already started contacting the nominees of Coates and is planning to make an announcement of the panel as soon as possible with the original time-frame from the UCI Management Board meeting on October 26 indicating that the members of the commission will be confirmed by the end of this week. The final terms of reference for the commission will be decided by Coates and his nominees.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said he would like to thank John Coates for his recommendations and the purpose of this independent commission is to look into the findings of the report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and to make conclusions and recommendations that will enable the cycling’s governing body to restore confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body.

Meanwhile, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation KNWU president Marcel J.G. Wintels said it was good that the governing body of cycling accepted the USADA findings and implemented the proposed sanctions and it is time that the UCI takes a strong lead from the point. Wintels added that he is no longer reassured by UCI claims that everything has been sorted out and cycling has changed after the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal as the same words were expressed after the Festina scandal and the Armstrong case proved that wasn’t the case. He further added that Rabobank resigning its sponsorship and inability of the KNWU to answer the question whether or not the doping culture has become widely accepted in professional cycling in the recent years has damaged the answer the question whether or not the doping culture has become widely accepted in professional cycling in the recent years.

Wintels and many others including triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond have remarked that this moment must be seized upon and permanent changes made. The KNWU chief said immediate action is required to be taken in the case and if the UCI does not live up to expectations, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation would consider going ahead with its own truth or inquiry committee, extending the examination as far as possible internationally.

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