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Governing body to give its decision at press conference in Geneva

The UCI has confirmed that its president Pat McQuaid will announce the governing body's position in the Lance Armstrong case at a press conference in Geneva at 1pm local time on Monday.

The options are that the UCI will either ratify in full the United States Anti Doping Agency's decision to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of results including his seven Tour de France titles, or seek to challenge some or all of it at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The governing body itself is implicated in USADA's Reasoned Decision in helping to cover up a suspect test for EPO that USADA says Armstrong gave during the 2001 Tour de Suisse, and has also come under strong criticism for its decision to accept donations from the cyclist totalling $125,000.

With the fallout from the US Postal scandal continuing to generate negative headlines for the wrong reasons, including today's decision by Rabobank to end its sponsorship of professional teams, many within the sport are calling on the UCI to show strong leadership. Monday's press conference will be keenly watched to see if they do just that.

 

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.