UCI tries to block USADA charges against Armstrong

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cycling’s international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised “advantages” in exchange for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought charges of performance-enhancing drug use against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his victories. Armstrong repeatedly has proclaimed his innocence and has sued USADA in federal court.

In a testy exchange of letters made public Friday as part of the court case, the International Cycling Union says it should appoint an independent panel to determine whether charges against Armstrong have merit. USADA replied that there should instead be a “Truth And Reconciliation Commission” to clean up cycling.