The following is a statement from the International Cycling Union (UCI), regarding the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's announcement that it was giving cyclist Lance Armstrong a lifetime ban and disqualifying him from all competitive results since August 1, 1998:
The UCI notes Lance Armstrong’s decision not to proceed to arbitration in the case that USADA has brought against him.
The UCI recognises 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 recognises the World Anti-Doping Code.
Article 8.3 of the WADC states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organisation with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr. Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken.
As USADA has claimed jurisdiction in the case the UCI expects that it will issue a reasoned decision in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Code.
Until such time as USADA delivers this decision the UCI has no further comment to make.