World cycling considers introducing doping amnesty

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Associated Press

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM

BRANDS HATCH, England (AP) — World cycling's governing body is considering introducing an amnesty for riders and officials to confess to doping offenses in the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong case.

UCI President Pat McQuaid told The Associated Press on Friday he will propose a potential amnesty at a meeting this month.

The UCI is yet to receive the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's evidence against Armstrong. McQuaid says USADA's life ban will be challenged only if there's "serious reason" to do so, and that the seven Tour de France titles stripped from the American might never be reassigned.

But McQuaid challenged the decision by one USADA witness, Tyler Hamilton, to publish a book last week detailing Armstrong's apparent offenses. McQuaid contends Hamilton's evidence is tainted and he questions if he can be trusted.

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