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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.