April 25, 2013

Lance Armstrong is asked to detail cycling panel's alleged role in doping

By Jerome Pugmire / The Associated Press

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The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, arrives for a senate-led inquiry into the fight against doping in Paris, France, on Thursday. The hearings are aimed at looking into ways of improving the fight against doping.

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Bordry said in January that the UCI should no longer be involved with Tour testing until it fully answers questions. The independent commission was set up to scrutinize Pat McQuaid, who was elected as UCI president weeks after Armstrong first retired in 2005, and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, regarding their relationship with Armstrong.

In March, the UCI shut down the panel, saying it wanted a separate amnesty-style "truth and reconciliation commission."

"The only decisive action they've made is to disband the independent commission right at the moment when the independent commission was finally taking off the blinders and undoing the handcuffs to truly act independent," Tygart told reporters in a separate briefing.

Armstrong's longtime team manager, Johan Bruyneel, who helped him win all seven of his Tours, has been charged by USADA with doping violations but is fighting that case in arbitration.

But it remains unclear when the case will be heard.

"I just can't comment on the specifics of it," Tygart said. "We want to hear under oath, in the United States – where if he lied there can be consequences – we want to know, we want every question to be answered. We look forward to that opportunity in every case."

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