Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has announced details of the independent review into its activites in the light of allegations made against it in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report that saw Lance Armstrong lose his seven Tour de France titles on grounds of doping.

John Coates, President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), has been invited by the UCI to recommend the composition of an independent panel that will investigate the allegations made against the UCI in USADA’s report, published at the beginning of October.

One of the most serious allegations made against the UCI was that the organisation covered up a positive dope test from Armstrong during the Tour de Suisse in 2001. Armstrong made a donation to the UCI, which the organisation claims was used in its fight against doping and was not accepted as a bribe.

USADA concluded that Armstrong and the US Postal team organised “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. It stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins, a move which was late upheld by the UCI.

Coates will select a three-member panel that will comprise a senior lawyer, forensic accountant and an experienced sports administrator. The three members will not have any current involvement in cycling, and will be approached and appointed by the UCI after Coates has recommended them.

The independent commission will produce its report by June 1 2013, the UCI said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We would like thank John Coates for his recommendations, which we will follow to the letter,” said UCI president Pat McQuaid.

“The purpose of this independent commission is to look into the findings of the USADA report and ultimately to make conclusions and recommendations that will enable the UCI to restore confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body.”

Stakeholder review

In a separate announcement, the UCI said that it will launch a ‘wide-ranging’ stakeholder consultation process to review the USADA report and to recommend how the UCI can ‘restore confidence in the sport of cycling’.

This will be completely separate to the independent review and will include the input of anyone involved in professional cycling – which should include organisers, governing bodies, and representatives of teams and riders.

“All stakeholders will be invited to participate in this consultation exercise, which will also look at measures to continue the process of globalising the sport, encourage even wider participation and ways to make the sport even more interesting for spectators,” said McQuaid.

“We must all work together to recover from the damage which the Armstrong affair has undoubtedly done to our sport, the sport we all love and cherish.”

“We saw this year in the Olympic Games in London that cycling is one of the world’s most popular sports, both for participants and spectators, and it has a bright future. This is what the consultation exercise will focus on.” 

Related links

USADA Armstrong doping report in brief

UCI responds to USADA Armstrong doping evidence

USADA publishes details of Armstrong doping case file

  • G Lee

    The fact that Mr. McQuaid was banned from participating in his own country’s Olympic cycling team for breaking the prohibition against competing in South Africa in the apartheid years should have instantly disqualified him from EVER holding the UCI senior position. All riders, at any level, in any country know that when they obtain and sign their licenses, they agree to honour their national federation’s rules of conduct and behaviour. The Irish Cycling federation needs to “unsupport” McQuaid in the next election, thereby sending a strong message. If Mr. McQuaid attempts to use Switzerland as his “home” country, then it falls upon Swiss ears and will show the lack of commitment in “cleaning house”. The position taken by Skins, a major cycling sponsor, in taking legal action, and putting together an industry/sponsor/rider cross-party committee to investigate and deal with this issue is the way to go. If not, then cycling needs the “Black Sox” treament (the infamous American baseball team that participated in “fixing” in the early 20th century) – life time bans for ALL participants and all the sponsors should pull their money out of the sport until the UCI – or another organisation is formed. Money is the oxygen for all the corruption and if more sponsors like Rabobank “unsponsor”, then attentions will be gotten. John Coates involvement, a joke. The IOC being involved, a joke as well. It needs cross-party and government investigation with prison time to get everyone’s attention. McQuaid allowing keirin (along with the IOC) into the Olympics? There’s absolutely, never, ever been organised crime involved in that part of the sport in Japan…never…just ask the Japanese police…or the yakusa. Good-bye Mr. McQuaid, its time to clean house and it needs criminal investigation in multiple countries with a cross-party committee. If the IOC thinks its more powerful than US investigtory agencies, for example, try running that by the FBI or IRS…reality will set in, quickly.

  • Mike

    “Restore confidence in the sport of cycling” That’s rich. It is confidence in the UCI we need and that will not happen untill there is a sea change in that organisation.

    The pannel will consist, I have no doubt, of jobs for the boys cronies, so nothing will change.

  • phil tregear

    Confidence in the UCI will not be returned until the leadership resign. Sponsors will not return until they can have confidence. All this hand wringing and navel gazing is ignoring the elephant in the room. Goodbye MacQuaid and good riddance. Your past actions speak so much louder than the empty words of today.

  • Ken Evans

    “Pat ‘Apartheid Buster’ McQuaid,, a man of honour.”

    My “anti-personality of the year” (anti-SPOTY).

  • robert nolan

    Hi there, Will it e truely independant, that is because te UCI bosses set the Term of Reference? I of little faith.

  • sjs

    Pat ‘Apartheid Buster’ McQuaid,, a man of honour.