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Support for UCI over ban

CYCLING Australia says it welcomes a decision by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to back the damning findings of the US Anti-Doping Agency on Lance Armstrong.

Cycling Australia issued a statement yesterday supporting the UCI's position that it won't appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that it will recognise the USADA sanctions.

The UCI has stated it will ban Armstrong from cycling and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for his position at the heart of the biggest doping program in sport. The UCI also recognised the sanctions imposed on the riders who testified against Armstrong.

Ahead of the UCI management committee meeting tomorrow, CA urged it to take the steps necessary to restore confidence in the sport.

Matt White earlier this month stood down as Australia's professional men's road co-ordinator after confessing to taking performance-enhancing drugs while racing as a professional with the US Postal Service Team.

CA vice-president Stephen Hodge also resigned from the board after admitting to doping.

â– Another former US Postal teammate of Armstrong, Steffen Kjaergaard, has admitted using EPO when racing in the Tour de France.

Kjaergaard said he started doping on his own initiative in 1998 when with the Danish Chicky World team. He joined the US Postal team and raced alongside Armstrong in the 2000 and 2001 Tours.