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CRIT­I­CISM: Arm­strong LANCE ARM­STRONG has hit out at In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union pres­i­dent Brian Cook­son for fail­ing to take the tough ap­proach on dop­ing he promised.

For­mer head of Bri­tish Cy­cling Cook­son was elected pres­i­dent of the world gov­ern­ing body in Septem­ber 2013, when he beat Pat Mc­Quaid af­ter a bit­ter bat­tle.

The Brit was highly crit­i­cal of Mc­Quaid’s ten­ure and vowed to clean up the sport.

The Arm­strong scan­dal was the low­est point for cy­cling, but the dis­graced Amer­i­can has crit­i­cised Cook­son for not be­ing tough enough.

Arm­strong said: “If Mc­Quaid had made the same de­ci­sions Cook­son has made in his first year, he would have been lynched. Do we like what we have got so far?”

Chief among Arm­strong’s com­plaints is the fail­ure to ban As­tana, the team he rode for on his re­turn to the sport in 2009 and for whom Vin­cenzo Nibali won the Tour de France last year.

Five rid­ers failed drugs tests within a short space of time last year, but the UCI opted not to re­voke the team’s World­Tour li­cence, in­stead keep­ing them on pro­ba­tion.

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