Former UCI president Pat McQuaid: said that he had “a certain sympathy” with Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Inpho

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong was the victim of “a witch hunt” and made a scapegoat by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), says former Inte(...)

Astana chief Alexandr Vinokourov: with Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. The team manager tested positive for blood doping in 2007 when a professional rider. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The UCI president Brian Cookson has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de(...)

The main peleton heads up the Wicklow Gap during the three stages of the Tour de France which were held in Ireland in 1998. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Hosting the start of the Giro d’Italia in Ireland recalls the time another of cycling’s three-week Tours began on this island; back in 1998, the Tour (...)

UCI president  Brian Cookson. Photograph:  Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Brian Cookson, the head of cycling’s governing body, has called for a radical overhaul of the Olympics to be considered, with some indoor sport(...)

Lance Armstrong: 
the key to the commission’s success may hinge on whether Armstrong
, among others, gives evidence. Photograph: Getty Images

The international cycling union UCI has appointed three people including a war crimes investigator to sit on an independent commission to look into al(...)

Hein Verbruggen: “I have never acted in an inappropriate manner and my conscience is clear.” Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The former UCI president Hein Verbruggen could be called before the independent commission investigating cycling’s doping past after the disgraced for(...)

 Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen could be called before the independent commission investigating historical doping allegations and claims of comp(...)

 Lance Armstrong admits that life has been “really tough” since his interview with   Oprah Winfrey last January. Photograph:  Reuters/Harpo Studios

Lance Armstrong has said he will answer with “100 per cent transparency and honesty” at any doping inquiry but also wants the authorities to be consis(...)

Pat McQuaid: insisted he was paid the going rate as the CEO of a company with a similar amount of employees as the UCI

Pat McQuaid repeatedly refused requests to disclose his salary when he was president of the UCI, even denying cycling governing body’s own management (...)

New UCI president Brian Cookson. Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has withdrawn from racing after being notified of possible discrepancies in his biological passport data by the (...)