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Friday, October 12, 2012
After Armstrong, UCI cites anti-doping regime gaps

Associated Press

BEIJING -- The president of the International Cycling Union is defending his organization's efforts to catch drug cheats after a damning report on Lance Armstrong's doping practices.

UCI President Pat McQuaid refused to comment on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report this week that accused Armstrong of systematic doping. Instead, McQuaid says inadequacies in the anti-doping system are failing to catch drug-using athletes.

McQuaid says the UCI tests athletes repeatedly for doping but the federation can do little if the results are negative. He says the anti-doping system has improved since the 1998-2009 period of Armstrong's career examined in the report.

The UCI has yet to decide whether to ratify USADA's decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.