Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian cyclists rebel against UCI over Armstrong case

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Rome, October 26 - Italian professional cyclists'
association ACCPI on Friday challenged the authority of the
sport's international governing body, the UCI, for its handling
of the Lance Armstrong case.
On Monday the UCI stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de
France titles and banned him for life, but the move only came
after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) had done the
same following probes into doping by the American rider.
ACCPI said in a statement that there were suspicions that
the UCI had allegedly "not wanted to see" Armstrong's illegal
practices and even more serious ones of the possibility that the
body was allegedly involved in covering them up.
Therefore, ACCPI called on the UCI to "take a step back so
that cycling can regain credibility" and drop the role it has in
administering sporting justice for cycling.
"The UCI can no longer be the guarantor of the application
of sporting justice," the ACCPI statement said.
"In our opinion, it's necessary to create an independent,
autonomous body of justice".
This week the UCI ratified the decision USADA took in
August to strip Armstrong of his titles for participating in
what was described as "the most sophisticated, professionalized
and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".
The 41-year-old American, a cancer survivor who was seen as
a hero by many sufferers of the disease, called the charges
"nonsense" but announced in August he would no longer contest
them.
The UCI defended itself by saying that it did not have the
anti-doping tools to detect Armstrong's illegal practices when
he was racing.
"The UCI has always been the first international sporting
federation to embrace new developments in the fight against
doping and it regrets that the anti-doping infrastructure that
exists today was not available at that time so as to render such
evasion impossible," a UCI statement said.
UCI President Pat McQuaid has rejected calls for him to
resign over the Armstrong scandal.

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