Saturday, October 11, 2008


Cycling's governing body is relaxing its own rules to allow Lance Armstrong to make his road race comeback in Australia in January because “he’s Lance Armstrong.”

The International Cycling Union said the seven-time Tour des Tricheurs champion can compete even though a strict application of dope testing rules would not have kept him on the sidelines until Feb. 1, 2009, six months after he filed paperwork with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

But the UCI said on Wednesday that Armstrong could return early because its drug-testing standards have improved since the rule was drawn up four years ago, and because “he’s Lance Armstrong.”

(Former U.S. President Bill Clinton laughs as cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative, in New York, September 24, 2008. Established by Clinton in 2005, the event is designed to bring donors together with people in need to try to solve global problems like doping in the Tour des Tricheurs. Photo from Reuters Photos)

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