UCI could respond 'any time' to Armstrong report
By The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, 10:18 p.m.
MILAN — Cycling's governing body could respond “at any time” to the report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was a serial drug cheat.
The International Cycling Union received USADA's report last week and has until the end of the month to decide whether to accept the American agency's decision to strip Armstrong of his Tour titles or appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“All we can confirm is that the deadline is Oct. 31,” UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said. “But it could happen any time from tomorrow onwards.”
USADA banned Armstrong for life and said he should be stripped of his tour titles because of his involvement in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
Former UCI President Hein Verbruggen said he expects the governing body to respond late next week.
“The UCI is studying the USADA report and they will issue a report ... toward the end of next week,” Verbruggen said.
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