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UCI won't comment on Armstrong until hearing from USADA

Aigle, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Cycling's international governing body has decided to withhold comment, for now, on the end of the battle between Lance Armstrong and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

On Thursday night, Armstrong stated he will no longer fight the charges levied against him by USADA, which has accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of doping. USADA is expected to strip Armstrong of his Tour titles and issue him a lifetime ban from the sport.

The 40-year-old Armstrong, already in retirement, won the Tour de France from 1999-2005 and has consistently denied ever using performance-enhancing substances.

Armstrong, through his website, released a lengthy statement Thursday night saying, "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now."

The International Cycling Union (UCI) said Friday it will wait for USADA to issue a "reasoned decision" for its actions against Armstrong before also making any determinations regarding one of cycling's most decorated, and embattled, stars.

"The UCI notes Lance Armstrong's decision not to proceed to arbitration in the case that USADA has brought against him," the UCI statement began.

"The UCI recognizes that USADA is reported as saying that it will strip Mr. Armstrong of all results from 1998 onwards in addition to imposing a lifetime ban from participating in any sport which recognizes the World Anti-Doping Code.

"Article 8.3 of the WADC states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organization with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr. Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken."

Armstrong and five other people, including three team doctors and two team officials formerly associated with the United States Postal Service team, were sent a letter by USADA in June, informing them that the agency had evidence they engaged in doping from 1998 to the present.

It accused Armstrong of using, attempting to use or possessing EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents and says blood samples from 2009 and '10 show data that is "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."

At the time, USADA said Armstrong distributed and administered drugs to others, a charge consistent with what some former teammates have said publicly in the past.

Armstrong said that the investigation by USADA hasn't been about learning the truth, but instead has been about punishing him at all costs.

At the end of his statement, Armstrong said instead of addressing the doping allegations, he will focus on his work from his foundation, which has raised nearly $500 million for cancer survivors.

08/24 09:47:55 ET


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