CHEAT LANCE BLASTS BRIAN FOR WEAK DRUGS POLICY
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.