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After crisis of Armstrong doping case, McQuaid says UCI has 'moral authority' to lead cycling

Pat McQuaid, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale, UCI, leave a news conference after informing about the position of the UCI regarding the decision from USADA in the case of Lance Armstrong, during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Cycling's governing body has agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
October 23, 2012 - 7:54 AM

GENEVA - Cycling is mired in a crisis caused by the Lance Armstrong doping affair and its world governing body faces an uphill trek to regain credibility.

Still, International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid says it can succeed despite the doubts of many in the sport.

McQuaid tells The Associated Press that "by the decisions we have taken ... it has given us the moral authority" to lead.

On Monday, the UCI accepted sanctions which banned Armstrong for life and stripped his seven Tour de France titles, plus all other race results since August 1998.

McQuaid will lead a UCI meeting on Friday to help shape cycling's future.

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