The UCI, the world governing body for cycling, issued a statement on Thursday in response to the Spanish doping affair and the withdrawal of Liberty Seguros as a sponsor, which will cost cycling millions of euros.
The UCI was very sad to learn that individuals from the world of cycling are involved in the investigation by the Spanish judicial authorities concerning alleged doping practices.
However, this investigation is not a complete surprise for UCI, as UCI had more than once expressed its concerns about supposed blood doping practices in Spain to the Spanish government and to WADA and asked for their help in view of UCI’s limited investigative possibilities .
How painful this case might possibly turn out to be for cycling, the UCI welcomes and supports any effective action aimed at eradicating doping.
Where possible, UCI will give full assistance to the investigation of the Spanish authorities.
On the other hand it has to be underlined that no conclusions may be drawn before the investigation is completed and those involved have exercised their right to defend themselves.
Finally, concerning the announcement that was made today by Liberty Seguros, UCI takes note of the decision of this sponsor, which is a great loss to the world of cycling.