UCI President Pat McQuaid, commenting on an article in Le Monde today, issued the following statement:
âIt is very sad that Lance Armstrong has decided to make this statement on the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France.
âHowever, I can tell him categorically that he is wrong. His comments do absolutely nothing to help cycling.
âThe culture within cycling has changed since the Armstrong era and it is now possible to race and win clean.
âRiders and teams owners have been forthright in saying that it is possible to win clean â and I agree with them.
âCycling today has the most sophisticated anti-doping infrastructure in sport. Measures such as the introduction of the blood passport, the whereabouts system and the âno-needleâ policy are the backbone of our relentless fight against doping.
âArmstrong has already credited the whereabouts system and the blood passport. As he said himself in his interview with Oprah Winfrey:Â âThe introduction of the biological passport [in 2008] worked.â
âArmstrongâs views and opinions are shaped by his own behaviour and time in the peloton. Cycling has now moved on.
âThe key thing is that the whole culture in cycling has undergone a complete sea-change. We may not yet have eradicated doping completely â unfortunately there will always be some riders who persist â but we are catching them, and the attitude in the peloton has switched against them.
âWe will never turn back â and my work to ensure that we have a clean sport is unrelenting.
âIn addition, the UCI is totally committed to conducting an independent audit into its behaviour during the years when Armstrong was winning the Tour. The UCIâs invitation to WADA to work with us on this stands.
âIf WADA will not, however, the UCI will press ahead itself and appoint independent experts to carry out this audit.
âThe management committee, meeting in Bergen this month, together with the sub-committee appointed to establish the audit together with WADA, have reiterated their total commitment to completing the process.
âAnd once the audit is completed, the UCI remains totally committed to some form of âtruth processâ for professional cycling.
âAs I have said on numerous occasions, I have nothing to hide and no fear of any investigation or Truth and Reconciliation process. If Armstrong â or indeed anyone else â has evidence to the contrary, he should produce it now and put a stop to this ongoing damage to cycling.â
UCI Communications services