Pat McQuaid, president of world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has refuted reports that the Spanish national federation, the RFEC, had enlisted the help of the UCI and the World-Andi Doping Agency to reach a decision in the Alberto Contador case, and insisted that the RFEC must reach a conclusion on its own.
Speaking in Antwerp, where he was attending the Belgian national cyclo-cross championships, McQuaid stated that contrary to a suggestio in Spanish newspaper El País which claimed that the RFEC had sent documentation to the UCI, reported here on road.cc yesterday, nothing had been received at the organsiation’s offices in Aigle.
Among the reasons given by an anonymous RFEC source for the UCI and WADA becoming involved in the process were that it would speed up matters and also mean that having been part of the decision-making process, there would no delay as might happen if the RFEC made the decision on its own and either of the other parties felt the need to appeal the decision.
However, McQuaid said that in most instances, the majority of national governing bodies were able to resolve doping cases satisfactorily, meaning that the UCI did not often need to seek recourse at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
That may e an oblique reference to the fact that it was only the UCI and WADA taking Alejandro Valverde’s case to the CAS that led to the Spanish cyclist being banned last May for two years, with the RFEC having never opened proceedings against him for his links to Operaion Puerto.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.