AP Interview: Cycling president sees 'golden era'

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid says the sport is "looking toward a golden era," and regaining credibility after years of doping scandals.

McQuaid tells The Associated Press that this summer's "superb" Tour de France involved young and clean riders who will help attract new sponsors and race organizers worldwide.

The Irish official says cycling is "coming out of a dark period," but has more to work to do with its anti-doping program. He cautions that "you don't change the culture overnight."

McQuaid calls on professional teams to back the UCI's leadership and strategy, which includes taking cycling to new countries such as China, Russia and Brazil.