Doping Ignored by Cycling Officials To Protect Armstrong

Doping Ignored by Cycling OfficialsA new report released Sunday dismisses corruption allegations against the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) former officials, but illuminates the sophisticated practices of doping and how the organization turned a blind eye to blatant violations. The Cycling Independent Reform Commission outines the history of doping and the pervasive culture that emerged during the 1990s and early 2000s. The 227-page report accuses ex-presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid of failing to follow anti-doping rules and giving Lance Armstrong special treatment. Current UCI president Brian Cookson, who commissioned the report after taking office in 2013, has vowed to rebuild the disgraced organization in the wake of Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal.