The UCI will reveal its course of action in regards to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against Lance Armstrong on Monday, the federation has revealed.
“On this occasion, UCI President Mr. Pat McQuaid will inform on the UCI position concerning the USADA decision on the Amstrong case,” read a brief invitation to the announcement distributed on Friday.
USADA published its “Reasoned Decision” in the Armstrong case last week. The 202-page document and hundreds of pages of supporting evidence outlined a doping ring surrounding the former world champion and his U.S. Postal Service team. Amongst the evidence is testimony from multiple witnesses alleging that the UCI was complicit in keeping a lid on rampant doping across the peloton in the 1990s and 2000s. McQuaid and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen have denied these characterizations.
The UCI has until October 31 to either accept USADA’s recommended lifetime ban of the Texan and wipe his name from the results sheets between August 1998 and the end of his career in 2011 or appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The UCI and USADA engaged earlier this year in a war of words in the press over which organization held jurisdiction over Armstrong.