McQuaid to seek out drugs cheats
The wind of change certainly is blowing through the corridors of power since Pat McQuaid, former president of Cycling ireland, was appointed world cycling supremo.
Since taking over the presidency of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in 2006, McQuaid has been very vocal about doping in the sport.
"There will be no hiding places for anyone transgressing the rules of cycling," said McQuaid.
Next Tuesday, Alberto Contador, winner of the Tour de France, along with green jersey victor, Alessandro Petacchi, will not appear at the 2011 event's presentation in Paris. Both are involved in doping investigations. The Spaniard has attended the presentation in the past, but has opted out on this occasion.
"We are still awaiting the UCI's verdict," explained Contador's press officer Jacinto Vidarte. "We always hoped that the decision would be made before the Tour presentation. Alberto wants his innocence proved by the UCI. If they don't make a decision by Tuesday, I can't see Alberto going to Paris. The Tour presentation is not his priority. He prefers to miss out on the official presentation of the route and be at the start of the 2011 Tour next year."
Petacchi will also be absent. He has been accused of using Pfc (Perfluorocarbon) and human serum albumin, and could serve a lifetime ban if a CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) trial finds him guilty. Petacchi served a nine-month sentence for the use of Salbutamol during the 2007 Giro d'Italia.