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Cycling: UCI chief McQuaid loses Swiss backing

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid received a blow Wednesday to his bid to win a third term in the role as the Swiss Cycling Federation withdrew their backing for his candidacy. Irishman McQuaid had already seen his homeland remove their support for him but then thought he been granted a reprieve when the Swiss stepped in. But now he has lost their backing as well, he is left needing to change the rules in order to stand for election.

No positive tests in 2013 Tour de France: UCI

LONDON (Reuters) - The 2013 Tour de France had no positive drug test results, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) director Francesca Rossi said at a media Open Day in Aigle, Switzerland on Tuesday. Britain's Chris Froome won this year's race, which came under extra scrutiny as it was the first edition being staged since American Lance Armstrong admitted he had cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005.

British filmmaker Stephen Frears to take on Armstrong scandal

Los Angeles, Jul 27 (EFE).- British director Stephen Frears is looking to bring Lance Armstrong's story to the big screen, the Deadline entertainment blog reported. Actor Ben Foster is nearly ready to sign on to play the disgraced American former cyclist in the film project, which has been written by John Hodge ("Trainspotting"). The screenplay tells Armstrong's story from the time he learned he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer until he confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win all seven of his Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005.

Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise

LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry's findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies. "I am not surprised," the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. "As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it."

Lance Armstrong's lawyers ask U.S. judge to dismiss fraud case

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday that Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis should be barred from suing Armstrong for fraud because Landis, like Armstrong, took performance-enhancing drugs. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Armstrong's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit Landis filed under a federal law that allows whistle-blowers to report fraud in exchange for a reward.

Cycling: Armstrong slams US government lawsuit

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has hit back at a federal lawsuit against him and said that his former team overlooked allegations of doping because of a lucrative sponsorship deal. The Texan rider, who is now in full damage control mode after he admitted to being a drugs cheat in January, asked an American judge in a court filing Tuesday to dismiss the Justice Department False Claims Act lawsuit. Armstrong was riding for the US Postal Service team at the time to which the lawsuit relates.

Specter of Armstrong still hangs over Tour

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Chris Froome can take immense satisfaction from securing his first Tour de France title but the specter of disgraced Lance Armstrong and the sport's fight against doping still hangs over the race. The Briton, emulating compatriot Bradley Wiggins last year, smashed the field in awe-inspiring fashion - his two brutal ascents in the Pyrenees and up the iconic Mont Ventoux reminiscent of dope cheat Armstrong's Tour dominance in the early 2000s.

Cycling: I am the strong man you need, McQuaid tells UCI

Pat McQuaid on Monday launched his manifesto for re-election for a third term as head of the International Cycling Union (UCI), saying he was the strong man needed to defend the sport. But the Irishman also slammed what he dubbed a "contemptible smear campaign" against him in the run-up to the election between him and British Cycling president Brian Cookson. "The congress has to make a decision as to what type of president it wants," McQuaid told AFP. "I have been a strong president for the past eight years.

Cycling chief, Armstrong duel over doping

Madrid, Jun 28 (EFE).- The president of cycling's international governing body, the UCI, reacted sharply Friday to statements by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong implying that it is still impossible to win the Tour de France without doping. "I can tell him categorically that he is wrong. His comments do absolutely nothing to help cycling," Pat McQuaid said in response to remarks Armstrong made to French daily Le Monde.

Winning without doping was impossible: Armstrong

By Julien Pretot PORTO VECCHIO, France (Reuters) - Disgraced rider Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005, has said it would have been impossible to win the world's greatest cycling race without doping. Asked if riders won races drugs-free in the era when he competed, a bullish Armstrong told French daily Le Monde on Friday: "It depends on the races. The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping.
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