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The international cycling union is waiting to receive the U.S. Anti-doping Agency’s case file on the U.S. Postal Service conspiracy before deciding whether to appeal the agency’s lifetime ban of Lance Armstrong to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Reuters reported Friday that UCI president Pat McQuaid did not doubt the USADA case, but awaited the evidence before stripping Armstrong of his results between August 1, 1998 and his retirement in 2010.
“The UCI has no reason to assume that a full case file does not exist. They (USADA) have a full case file so let them provide the full case file,” McQuaid told Reuters. “And unless the USADA’s decision and case file give serious reasons to do otherwise, the UCI has no intention to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) or not to recognize the USADA’s sanctions on Lance Armstrong.”
McQuaid said he would prioritize a review of the USADA case, but that he must receive the file before moving on USADA’s lifetime of Armstrong. McQuaid argued earlier this year that the American anti-doping agency lacked jurisdiction in the case, an opinion forwarded by Armstrong himself in a lawsuit dismissed by Judge Sam Sparks in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart has said that because Armstrong failed to request arbitration in the case, that his body’s suspension is not open to appeal. McQuaid disagrees and wants to review the file not only for its information related to Armstrong’s suspension, but also evidence against those who acted as witnesses in the case.
A number of retired riders are believed to have provided testimony to USADA in the case, including George Hincapie, Jonathan Vaughters, Frankie Andreu, Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis. Vaughters this week outed his Garmin-Sharp riders Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie as having doped before joining the team in 2008. All four were Armstrong teammates and rode under Johan Bruyneel, who faces arbitration in the case later this fall. If those riders did testify in the case, they would be eligible for a sanction of six months to two years, per Article 10.5.5 in the WADA Code.
“The UCI assumes that the decision and file will also detail the sanction the USADA may wish to enforce upon the riders who have provided testimony in exchange for reduced sanctions,” said McQuaid.
On Thursday, the Chicago Marathon refused entry to Armstrong for the October 7 event, which he intended to run as a member of a Livestrong Foundation team.