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Cycling World Reacts To Armstrong's USADA Case Ending
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 8/24/2012
Cycling World Reacts To Armstrong's USADA Case Ending
 
Comments below include statement from Frankie Andreu, Johan Bruyneel and the UCI.

In an email to Daily Peloton, Frankie Andreu commented on Lance Armstrong choice to accept USADA doping charges

"Lance fights everything so I'm surprised he chose not to fight the charges. His press release sounds like a broken record repeating the same lines we have already heard hundreds of times from him. Usada has shown some true grit by not backing down from a popular and wealthy athlete - showing that clean sport is a right for every athlete. If Lance really wants to help his foundation and help people with cancer, he should admit to the past, apologize and move forward with a clear conscience."

UCI's Statement Regarding Lance Armstrong:

The UCI notes Lance Armstrongís decision not to proceed to arbitration in the case that USADA has brought against him.

The UCI recognises that USADA is reported as saying that it will strip Mr. Armstrong of all results from 1998 onwards in addition to imposing a lifetime ban from participating in any sport which recognises the World Anti-Doping Code.

Article 8.3 of the WADA states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organisation with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken.

As USADA has claimed jurisdiction in the case the UCI expects that it will issue a reasoned decision in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Code.

Until such time as USADA delivers this decision the UCI has no further comment to make.

Johan Bruyneel's Statement on Armstrong Case:

Today, Iím disappointed for Lance and for cycling in general that things have reached a stage where Lance feels that he has had enough and is no longer willing to participate in USADAís campaign against him. Lance has never withdrawn from a fair fight in his life so his decision today underlines what an unjust process this has been.

I hope that it will soon be determined that the case that USADA initiated against me should never have gotten as far as it has. Due to the sensitive nature of legal proceedings, I have been advised that it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage.

 
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