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Video: McQuaid's reaction to Contador decision

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Cycling News
Published:
February 17, 2011, 10:04 GMT,
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February 17, 2011, 10:04 GMT
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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, February 17, 2011
Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) with UCI president Pat McQuaid after stage two of the Tour of Oman.

Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) with UCI president Pat McQuaid after stage two of the Tour of Oman.

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UCI president disappointed with Spanish political pressure

Pat McQuaid has commented on the Spanish Cycling Federation’s decision to clear Alberto Contador of doping.

The UCI president, who is currently attending the Tour of Oman, criticised the intervention of Spanish politicians in the affair. "I can't give a personal opinion until the whole affair is finished and it's not finished yet," McQuaid told media at the Tour of Oman.

In this exclusive Cyclingnews video, the UCI President refuses to give a personal opinion on the Contador case but does admit that he is disappointed with certain political pressure from within Spain to absolve Contador.

"I would hope and be fairly confident that it could all be sorted out before the Tour de France, that we can go to CAS and that CAS will understand that we need this one relatively quickly, certainly before the Tour de France," he said. "If within the 30 days we decide to go to CAS, we'll ask to do it before the Tour de France."

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