Cycling sponsor suing UCI over Armstrong saga

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 AM

LONDON (AP) — Australian sportswear company Skins is suing cycling's governing body for $2 million, claiming its brand has been damaged by backing the sport as the Lance Armstrong doping scandal unraveled.

Skins has backed cycling teams for five years, and supplied race suits for the United States at the London Olympics.

In a letter to the UCI, the company's lawyer says "Skins was under the illusion that professional cycling had been fundamentally reformed to contain doping" but that "these legitimate expectations have been betrayed on the grounds you are aware of."

Lawyer Cedric Aguet says the UCI's handling of the Armstrong case has led to "the total loss of confidence in professional cycling by the public, which harms Skins."

The UCI has stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life.

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