International cycling's governing body is not planning to challenge the decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, the organization's president said on Friday.
While Pat McQuaid said the UCI will not stand in the way of stripping Armstrong of his victories, he did mention that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has yet to turn over its files on the Armstrong investigation that led to the penalties and that his governing body could go to the Court of Arbitration to remove the imposed lifetime ban if there was "serious reason" to do so.
"It does seem slightly unusual," McQuaid told Associated Press reporters of the delay in receiving USADA's file. "Our only thoughts on it would be that maybe they didn't have a full file or they don't have a full file. ... We are assuming they do have a full file because they have already announced a life ban on Lance Armstrong."
USADA ordered the punishment of Armstrong following an investigation that the organization said tracked the champion cyclist's use of banned substances, including steroids and blood doping, to 1996.