UCI to respond to EPO claims

While regretting the doping claims made against Lance Armstrong by L'Equipe last week, the UCI says

While regretting the doping claims made against Lance Armstrong by L'Equipe last week, the UCI says

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In a short statement published on its website, the International Cycling Union has said that it will "communicate its conclusions" over the allegations of EPO use at the 1999 Tour de France made by French newspaper L'Equipe against Lance Armstrong last week.

The statement says that: "Following the revelations published last week in the press concerning the results of analysis of urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France, the UCI confirms that it is pursuing its global assessment of the situation.

"Whilst regretting, once more, the breach of confidentiality principle which lead to the divulgence of this information outside of the procedures foreseen within the regulations of the international sports instances, the UCI announces that it will communicate its conclusions on this case within the next 10 days."

The campaign to be the next president of the UCI has taken an unexpected turn with the apparent entry of incumbent Hein Verbruggen into the race. The campaign, which comes to a conclusion in Madrid next month, has been dogged by complaints of procedural abnormality against Verbruggen and his favoured candidate, Irishman Pat McQuaid.

A UCI spokesman confirmed that the Dutch federation had put forward Verbruggen's name as a candidate for the presidency, adding that "the president will evaluate the situation and decide whether to maintain or withdraw his candidacy just before the elections in Madrid".

As well as McQuaid, Verbruggen (if he stands) will be facing Spain's Gregorio Moreno and Malaysia's Darshan Singh.

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