UCI chief questions USADA delay on Armstrong files

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Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM

VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of world cycling's governing body has questioned why American anti-doping authorities have not yet sent him the file of evidence that prompted them to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.

Referring to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency file on Armstrong, International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid says "it's difficult to understand why it hasn't arrived yet."

Armstrong has long denied doping but chose last month not to fight drug charges by the USADA, which wiped out 14 years of his results. USADA believes Armstrong used banned substances as far back as 1996, including EPO, steroids and blood transfusions.

McQuaid defended his organization's role in the fight against doping Saturday, saying "the UCI has nothing to be apologetic about."

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