Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Continued fall-out surrounding Lance Armstrong

Pat McQuaid
Lance Armstrong, the 7-time Tour de France winner, has been stripped of his Tour titles after a damning report by the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Armstrong has also stepped down from his charity: Livestrong.
The latest controversy involves Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) the governing body of the Tour de France. There are people close to cycling that now believe UCI protected Armstrong from doping allegations and actually covered up suspicious samples of Armstrong’s blood.

A new organization called Change Cycling Now, is attempting to change the culture and management of UCI. Change Cycling Now is asking for people to sign an on-line petition to show “no confidence in the UCI leadership of President Pat McQuaid and Honorary President, Hein Verbruggen."
Greg LeMond, 3-time Tour winner, is part of the Change Cycling Now organization. LeMond wants an overhaul of the anti-doping system to put credibility back into the sport of professional bike racing. Change Cycling Now is funded by Skins sportswear, which is suing the UCI for damages caused during the Armstrong scandal.
I agree with LeMond's assessment that the current management team at UCI has to go. Covering up suspicious samples and taking “payments” from Armstrong to the tune of $125,000 dollars stinks of impropriety.  The culture in the governing body and the cyclists are in need of change.

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