23 Oct 2012

USADA wants further probe into cycling doping

12:47 pm on 23 October 2012

The head of the US anti-doping agency has called for a truth commission to uncover drug cheats in cycling, saying that punishing Lance Armstrong is not nearly enough to restore the sport's credibility.

USADA's chairman Travis Tygart says it is essential that an independent and meaningful Truth and Reconciliation Commission be established so the sport can fully unshackle itself from the past.

The statement follows the International Cycling Union's long-awaited decision to erase Lance Armstrong's entire career after August 1998.

Armstrong will be stripped of virtually every result he's achieved, leaving his best Tour de France finish as 36th place in 1995, the year before he was diagnosed with cancer.

The UCI president Pat McQuaid says it's the the biggest crisis the sport has ever faced.