On a damp morning in mid-January, Michel Thetaz’s shaved legs churned the pedals of his Scott Sports carbon fiber bike down a Majorca road. The Swiss millionaire was at the Spanish vacation destination for a three- day business trip.
Cycling’s ruling body is prepared to spend 3 million Swiss francs ($3.3 million) on an inquiry into how it oversaw doping controls during Lance Armstrong’s career, a probe that includes a former war crimes investigator.
Cycling’s top official said he opposes the so-called World Series Cycling project that was aiming to generate more revenue by holding races in Asia, South America and the U.S., and he’ll look for other ways to support professional teams financially.
Roberto Heras, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, is seeking 1 million euros ($1.4 million) in a lawsuit against sports authorities after his failed drugs test in 2005 was annulled on a technicality.
Swiss cycling’s governing body withdrew its support for the re-election bid of Pat McQuaid, the president of the sport’s world ruling body, to avoid a possible 100,000 Swiss-franc ($109,000) legal challenge.