Tuesday 20 March 2018

Report rocks McQuaid

Brendan Gallagher

The head of cycling's world governing body last night said he is "shocked and angry" at the evidence in the USADA report detailing the alleged doping history of Lance Armstrong and his team-mates at the US Postal and Discovery Teams.

Dubliner Pat McQuaid, the president of the UCI, had demanded that USADA produce the evidence before his organisation endorse it and strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

Although the UCI are officially making no comment until its chief lawyer has examined the 1,000-page document published last Wednesday, McQuaid broke ranks briefly yesterday at the Tour of Beijing in China by admitting he felt "angry and shocked. That's as much as I can say."

McQuaid's reaction suggests the UCI's endorsement of the report's findings will come quicker than the 21-day deadline as the shockwaves from the depth of evidence against Armstrong and the apparent systematic doping by the core riders at US Postal and Discovery continue to be felt.

In Australia yesterday Matt White, the head of the Orica-GreenEdge team, stepped down after admitting his part in the widespread doping at Armstrong's US Postal team during his time as a rider between 2001 and 2003.

White, who never rode on the Tour de France with Armstrong, came clean yesterday. "I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy," said White.

"My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and to other athletes in my era that chose not to dope."

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