UCI urges Armstrong to testify

2013-01-15 15:19

Lausanne - Cycling's world governing body on Tuesday called on Lance Armstrong to give evidence to its investigation into widespread doping, amid reports that the US rider would admit taking banned substances in an interview.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in an e-mailed statement that it would not be commenting until the interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey had been broadcast, although it "noted" media reports that he had "finally come clean".

"If these reports are true, we would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the Independent Commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI in the recent USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) reasoned decision on Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service (USPS) team," it added.

The USADA last year placed Armstrong at the heart of what it said was the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport, banned him from cycling for life and stripped him of his record seven Tour de France victories.

The UCI, which later upheld the decision, is looking at how it handled the affair, with questions asked about how the rider was able to evade detection for so long. The commission is due to report by June 1.


  • gay.theitis - 2013-01-15 15:46

    Lying xtian scum Atheitis

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2013-01-15 20:12

      What the hell are you talking about?

  • jawell - 2013-01-15 15:56

    with a slew of lawyers advising him every step of the way, what can he say that he already has said

  • sheamus.drager - 2013-01-15 16:00

    I don't think He owes the UCI, USADA or any other organization, that has found him guilty, an explanation. He does owe his supporters, employees and fans the truth and an apology (if needed). He does not owe any company or corporate a refund, unless he specifically lied to them. All of his sponsors made billions of dollars on his name. If he has to pay back money, then I want my money back from those companies. Clearly he is using Oprah because of her huge platform (yes intended), but that's business.

  • younginhk - 2013-01-15 16:28

    How many athletes take drugs. Or should it be. How many dont these days. He did lie and did cheat. But before we burn him at the stake. How many people survived cancer from his inspiration. Give the guy a break

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2013-01-15 20:17

      Well said

  • steven.berry.319 - 2013-01-15 16:44

    Who cares... every single one of them did it.

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