Sponsor to sue UCI over Armstrong


CYCLING:One of the sponsors of the International Cycling Union (UCI) is suing the organisation for €1.56 million claiming they mismanaged the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The action has been launched by Australian sports clothing company Skins, which has sponsored world cycling for five years.

The legal action claims UCI president Pat McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen are responsible for a “total loss of confidence in professional cycling by the public”.

Skins chairman Jaimie Fuller said in a statement the company had believed cycling had “fundamentally reformed” after the Festina scandal in the 1990s but that had proven to not be the case.

They say that “the UCI, Mr McQuaid and Mr Verbruggen have failed us, the sport and the public who love cycling”,

Skins are using the law firm of Cedric Aguet, who is also representing Paul Kimmage, the former cyclist and writer who has lodged a criminal complaint against McQuaid and Verbruggen.

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