UCI Confirms Lance Armstrongs Life Ban | Cyclingnews.com.
Pat McQuaid speaking to the press
This article from 12PM today confirms that the UCI will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will recognise the sanction against Lance Armstrong. So the UCI will also ban Armstrong and strip him of his 7 TDF titles. Pat McQuaid (UCI President) went on to say that Armstrong has no place in cycling.
I guess Lance isn’t the cyclist I’d hoped he was. I really enjoyed his Nike ad about busting his ass 6 hours a day and no doubt he did just that, he also had a little help when it mattered to power over the line in first.
See the rest of the article below:
World governing body decides not to appeal to CAS
The UCI has announced that it will ratify the USADA verdict, banning Lance Armstrong for life and stripping him of his seven Tour de France victories.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, UCI president Pat McQuaid said: “We will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will recognise sanction against Lance Armstrong. The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and strip him of his 7 Tour de France titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling.”
McQuaid refused to resign and defended the UCI’s fight against doping.
“When I took over [as president] in 2005 I made the fight against doping my priority. I acknowledged cycling had culture of doping. Cycling has come a long way. I have no intention as resigning as president of the UC,” McQuaid said.
“What was available to the UCI at the time [1999-2005] was much more limited to what we have now. If we had the tools we have now then, there would have much much less [doping] going on.”
“I’m sorry we couldn’t have caught every damn one of them at the time and thrown them out.”
Armstrong announced he would no longer fight USADA’s charges in August and was subsequently banned by the American Anti-Doping Agency. USADA disqualified all of Armstrong’s results from August 1, 1998.
USADA published its Reasoned Decision on October 10, revealing details of all the evidence against Armstrong. It included confessions and confirmation that Armstrong doped from a number of former teammates at the US Postal Service team.
Armstrong has always denied doping and has called the USADA investigation a witch hunt.