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UCI: Lance Armstrong Probe Findings Due in a Year

According to a statement by UCI today, a report will be issued  by next year – relative to it’s inquiry into the role cycling leaders played in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The UCI’s newly election president, Brian Cookson, who ran on a platform of reform, said the three-member independent commission would publish it’s findings within 12 months.

"We have to have a sport where a parent can bring their child, and know that their son or daughter can go all the way to the top if they have the ability and dedication," Cookson said in a UCI statement.

"Without having to lie, without having to cheat, without having to do things that will risk their health, without having to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder."

"If we cannot do that as a governing body, then we have failed our members and our sport. But we are not going to fail. We are going to succeed," he added.

The commission was created after Cookson ousted former president Pat McQuaid.  

McQuaid was in charge for eight years, succeeding Hein Verbruggen, who held office from 1991 to 2005.

Both men have rejected claims by the US Anti-Doping Agency, that while they were in power, the UCI did very little to stem doping and sanction offenders – most notably disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The commission said it’s main goal is to determine how a culture of doping was perpetuated between 1998 and 2013, and to establish who was to blame.

In addition, the commission has appealed to riders who are  culpable in the past doping practices – to come forward in exchange for reduced punishment.

The commission has the authority to propose reduced sanctions to any rider, official, agent, race organizer or team staff member who admits to a doping offense.

Furthermore, it can reduce the sanction even more, if the individual provides valuable information concerning doping practices, and is also empowered to let those who confess keep past prize money.

The Commission also has the authority to propose case-by-case reductions for anyone currently suspended from the sport, who reveals more details — though any such reduction will have to be approved by the original sanctioning body, the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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