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UCI Comments on Armstrong’s French Doping Actions

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lance-astana-closeupInternational Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid says France’s anti-doping agency acted “unprofessionally” in the infamous drug test by leaking the report to the media.

In a BBC teamreport (click here for audio interview), McQuaid was quoted as saying “The tester has to have a specific instruction that the athlete must remain under his supervision from the moment he is notified until the test is concluded.

“From my understanding, this was not the case. Lance Armstrong had every right to take a shower while his manager checked with the UCI that these people had the authority to take these samples.

“During that time his manager rang me and I put him on to our anti-doping manager, who confirmed that the AFLD had the authority to take samples.”

Meanwhile, French doctors have declared Armstrong’s hair, urine and blood samples were all drug free, but the AFLD said he “bahaved strangely” when the tester asked him to provide samples. AFLD president Pierre Bordry said the body would consider the possibility of sanctions once its nine-member ruling committee had considered the tester’s report.

You can read Lance Armstrong’s full response on the Team Astana website.

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