UCI: USADA has yet to provide info in Lance Armstrong case

UCI chief says that barring any substantial problems it does not plan to appeal the USADA verdict

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VALKENBURG, The Netherlands (AFP) —The Union Cycliste Internationale said Saturday it was still awaiting a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency explaining its disciplinary actions against Lance Armstrong.

USADA said last month that Armstrong would be banned for life and his results since 1998 — including seven Tour de France titles won during 1999-2005 —expunged due to “numerous” alleged violations.

Earlier this month, the UCI requested a full account of the agency’s findings but has yet to receive them, according to president Pat McQuaid.

“The dossier which USADA has certainly prepared will allow for clarification on points which remain open in this affair,” said McQuaid, adding that one of those points was the issue of which agency has jurisdiction when it comes to sanctioning Armstrong.

McQuaid added that, barring any major unforeseen problem, “the UCI does not intend to appeal” the USADA sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. “But we need verification” of wrongdoing, he added.

After USADA announced its sanctions Armstrong said he would not seek to clear his name through independent arbitration. He continues to deny doping during his career.

But the agency says it has as many as 10 witnesses prepared to testify to the racer’s drug use, adding that the UCI and Tour de France organizers should honor its findings under the World Anti-Doping Code.