Thursday 14 December 2017

UCI to publish doping report


The UCI will publish the Cycling Independent Reform Commission's report into whether the world governing body was complicit in past doping practices on Monday.

The investigation centred on the UCI's dealings with doping findings and allegations during the late 1990s and early 2000s, including its handling of claims against Lance Armstrong, who has since admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

A statement on uci.ch read: "The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report has been delivered to the UCI president (Brian Cookson).

"The UCI will publish the report in the early hours of Monday, March 9, 2015.

"Until then, we will not make any comment on the report."


Rory McIlroy has lost his form in two early-season starts in Florida. He missed the cut last week at the Honda Classic and then started this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship with a 40 on his first nine on Thursday.

During yesterday's round at Doral, it came to a head on the par-5 eighth hole, when McIlroy lost an approach shot way out into the middle of a water hazard. McIlroy then launched one of his Nike sticks into the drink.

KEVIN PHELAN ended up five shots off the lead on the second day of the Africa Open after a frustrating level par round of 72 at East London Golf Club.

The Waterford man (pictured) held a share of the lead overnight and started superbly with an eagle at the third. However, he gave those two shots back with consecutive bogeys in the two holes before the turn.

Seven pars, a birdie and a bogey brought him back in even par, however, he now lies five shots off leader Matt Ford who carded a 66.

There was better news for Darren Clarke who added a 68 to his opening round 72 to lie in joint 24th. Clarke was inconsistent in his round but struck while the iron was hot with four birdies in his opening five holes. However, like Phelan, two bogeys before the turn broke his momentum somewhat.


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