UCI boss sickened by Lance

2012-10-22 19:30

Geneva - Drug cheat Lance Armstrong's doping programme bore testimony to the disgraced cycling champion's win-at-all-costs attitude, the head of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Pat McQuaid, said on Monday.

"We're looking at an enormous, sophisicated doping programme. It was win-at-all costs," said the Irishman, who took over the UCI presidency shortly after the US rider's seventh and final Tour de France win.

The UCI said it would not contest sanctions already handed down by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), stripping the cancer survivor of all of his results since August 1998 and earning him a ban for life.

Many of Armstrong's former staff and team-mates testified against the Texan, and while McQuaid thanked them for speaking out, he said he was horrified to read the USADA report.

"I have to say and admit, as a (former) cyclist and coming from a cycling family, I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report," he told a news conference in Geneva.

In particular, he said he was baffled that someone like Armstrong's former team-mate David Zabriskie could be pressured into taking performance-enhancing drugs.

"The way he was coerced and forced into doping is just mind-boggling. I just found it hard to understand," said McQuaid.

McQuaid said the UCI would now convene its management committee to discuss how to deal with issues including the re-attribution of titles and prize money from races.

But he hit out at those who had benefited financially from cheating.

"A lot of them (cyclists and teams) made a lot of money out of their cheating at the time," he added. "None of them has apologised to the UCI, to the sport, to the fans or to the stakeholders.

"None of them are offering that money back to the organisers. These guys have cheated and I feel sorry for the guys who raced clean. They must be sore now, and I empathise with these guys," he added. "They have every right to be sore."

Asked about the legacy of Armstrong, McQuaid said: "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. He deserves to be forgotten in cycling."


  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-10-22 19:48

    The vainest sport around.Huge posers.Can easily see how this can happen.

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-22 20:30

      All I am asking is where's the proof. He has been tested and continued to stay clean. Someone is up to something behind the scenes and suddenly he has to pay... Well if he is guilty, they should fire the entire cycling body for misleading the world. They are the one who failed to found him out...

      pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-10-22 20:46

      They've got the proof bud.that's the reason the sponsors pulled otherwise they would have big law suits coming their way from his point is the many vain cyclists I see on the roads and shopping centre parking lots on weekends tell me how the Pyschi tells you that you are above everyone else.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-22 20:08

    Bicycle riders need to get a life...or an engine.Pooftas!

      cara.hubert.31 - 2012-10-22 20:12

      What a small minded person you show yourself to be! No further comment needed!

  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-22 20:10

    Still my hero took drugs 4 almost 20 years and never got caught red handed what a man! Cycling is doping capital of the world! My question who didnt take drugs!!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-22 20:23

      @paul ...a good question, it's like game-fixing in cricket!! I love watching all sport but this type of thing drives me crazy!!

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-22 20:31

      geez your next fix is waiting for you....................

      paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-22 20:41

      Are you selling Derek ?

  • irene.pienaar.7 - 2012-10-22 20:15

    The entire cycling fraternity should come under scrutiny. The losers should receive the medals - probably the only ones who weren't doped up!!

  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-22 20:17

    "Don't hate the player,hate the game"is my comment about the whole L.Armstrong saga...."

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-22 20:21

    Okay now, get over it!

  • andre.krige - 2012-10-22 20:22

    @Roger , jealously makes you nasty . You probably a lazy couch potato. Probably couldn't ride as far as your fat stomach. Saying all cyclists are poeftas is a gross generalization . How about getting off the couch and giving it a go , who knows you may actually like it.

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-22 20:27

    Hypocrites. It's brimstone and fire when the government fat-cats cheat, but it is OK if a sportsman you supported cheats nĂȘ? Misplaced loyalty and no honour at all. Excellent example to the youth and up-and-coming young riders you lot are - sies !

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-22 21:11

    Everywhere you look in this world you see corruption. Still think Lance is a hero. Clever man. Good marketing team behind him.

  • paul.rebel1 - 2012-10-22 21:16

    All those tests and not one positive. WTF? Contador had a positive test and still rides. Again WTF? UCI are a bunch of idiots! If you get caught, you get banned for 2 years, but people call you a cheat and you are banned for life.

      pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-10-22 21:26

      Stop being in denial!!!they have all the evidence.get your man to come clean and give his side of the story so he can take all the egg of your faces!

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-10-22 22:31

    Lance was too good for a cancer patient. Somebody should have pick it up earlier.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-22 23:23

    Nobody was forced, they capitulated. They wanted the money and glory so the participated. Say no?

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