July 27, 2006 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – In response to the statement issued by The Phonak Cycling Team Thursday morning regarding American cyclist Floyd Landis, it is the policy of USA Cycling not to comment on any facet of any anti-doping matter out of respect for both the rights of the athlete and the due process. USA Cycling immediately refers all anti-doping matters to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for processing and adjudication. Any questions regarding the disposition of an anti-doping case involving a USA Cycling-licensed athlete should be referred to USADA.
“Respecting the due process and the rights of all athletes as a member of the Olympic family, USA Cycling cannot and will not tolerate doping in our sport,” commented Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy with regards to doping and will continue to adhere to the highest standards of fair play.
In order to protect the integrity and reputation of those athletes who exemplify the Olympic ideals and compete clean, USA Cycling is committed to working with the United States Olympic Committee, the UCI, the U.S. Anti-doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure a level playing field for all of our athletes.”
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