Colorado Springs, CO – October 22, 2012 –
“Today, the UCI made the right decision in the Lance Armstrong case. Despite its prior opposition to USADA’s
investigation into doping on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team and within the sport, USADA is glad that the UCI finally
reversed course in this case and has made the credible decision available to it.
This determination to uphold USADA’s decision on the U.S. Postal Services case does not by itself clean up cycling nor
does it ensure the sport has moved past the obstacles that allowed doping to flourish in the age of EPO and blood
transfusions. For cycling to truly move forward and for the world to know what went on in cycling, it is essential that
an independent and meaningful Truth and Reconciliation Commission be established so that the sport can fully
unshackle itself from the past. There are many more details of doping that are hidden, many more doping doctors, and
corrupt team directors and the omerta has not yet been fully broken.
Sanctioning Lance Armstrong and the riders who came forward truthfully should not be seen as penance for an era of
pervasive doping. There must be more action to combat the system that took over the sport. It is important to
remember that while today is a historic day for clean sport, it does not mean clean sport is guaranteed for tomorrow.
Only an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission can fully start cycling on the path toward true reform and
provide hope for a complete break from the past.”
USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management
process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and
representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research
initiatives and educational programs. The agency manages a drug reference phone hotline and Global Drug Reference
Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and
proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as curricula, themed brochures and nutrition and
dietary guides, easy-reference wallet cards for the prohibited substance list, periodic newsletters, and protocol and
policy reference publications, all of which can be found at www.USADA.org.