Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) president Pat McQuaid is considering taking legal action against doper-turned-whistleblower Floyd Landis in response to the American’s latest insinuation that the UCI ‘protected’ some riders.

At the weekend, Landis told French newspaper L’Equipe that “in the peloton, everyone knows that Pat McQuaid, [former UCI President] Hein Verbruggen and other leaders of the UCI have protected some riders and not others during the past 20 years. It was their way of manipulating and creating stars.”

McQuaid has categorically denied Landis’s latest claims in an interview published by the Irish Independent on Tuesday.

“It’s very easy for Floyd Landis to make statements like that with no proof,” McQuaid said. “Also, the journalist who interviewed him should have asked him for proof.

“He has already proven to be a liar and continues to be a liar. There is no truth in it, absolutely no truth in it.”

McQuaid went on to say that it would be impossible to ‘hide’ doping results and protect riders because the World Anti-Doping Agency is party to the same test results as the UCI.

“All you have to do is look at the amount of big names that have been found positive over the years to show that I don’t protect anybody and the UCI doesn’t protect anybody,”  said McQuaid.

Landis is at the centre of a US federal investigation into Lance Armstrong after he alleged that seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs and blood doping techniques during his career. Landis also claimed that the UCI accepted money from Armstrong, which the UCI subsequently says was used to purchase anti-doping equipment.

In mid-November, the investigation carried out by the US Food and Drug Administration into Armstrong moved to Europe. Lead investigator Jeff Novitzky spoke with the French anti-doping agency and representatives from authorities in France, Italy and Spain.

Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title and suspended from competition for two years after failing a test for abnormal levels of testosterone. He strenuously denied the charge for several years but came clean in April this year.

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  • Brian

    FatPat and his gang are such frauds. The US federal authorities are about to disclose to the World a massive PEDs trafficking at the former US Postal team but Armstrong and his boys never tested positive once. Lance bless the UCI!

  • Ken Evans

    Time for new leadership at the UCI !!!

  • Jon

    It’s such a shame that cycling continues to be undermined by these w***ers. If they aren’t weeded out the sport remains in this rut of doping, with other professionals having to compete with dopers and the organisation overseeing the dope testing totally compromised by the likes of Mr McQuaid.

    Drug testing needs to be done by a scrupulous independent organisation with full transparency and no conflicts of interest, not one that selectively ignores positives because of their own agenda or incentive from sponsors.

    (I have no proof Mr McQuaid is a w****er, but he has no proof that I’m not referring to a different Mr McQuaid in the sentence above so I think we’re both in the clear.)

  • PeterLB

    The UCI and various national federations have always protected the big name riders over the years. Pascal Richard, Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani (until they could protect him no more), the list goes on. It even happened in the UK back in the 80’s.

    Things may be slowly changing now, but still the UCI wouldn’t go anywhere near an Armstrong positive.

  • Mike

    Yea, right Pat. You have such an unblemished reputation for doing the right thing and never dodging an issue I for one will believe, in ful,l everything you say re Floyds alegations.

    Errr… how come Contador was secretly informed he had a positive but it took a month for the press to out it?
    Answers please.

  • barry

    So why did Mcquaid accept monies from Armstrong, and has never replied to Cycling Weeklys questions about his dealings with him ?????