To the editor:
Re: "USADA's pursuit of Armstrong hurts rest of cycling pack," Aug. 31.
While I agree with most of your article, there is more to the affair than just Lance Armstrong. It is alleged that those who helped Mr. Armstrong dope are still in the business of bicycle racing and possibly, might be helping others dope. What is even more troubling is that the governing body itself, the UCI, accepted a bribe from Mr. Armstrong, to cover up a positive test in Switzerland, as well as tipping him off to impending drug tests.
What this case does is stop Mr. Armstrong from participating in any future sanctioned event and hopefully bring Mr. Armstrong's alleged co-conspirators into the spotlight. While the USADA has no jurisdiction over the UCI, the depositions at the arbitration cases of the respective individuals could be quite damaging to the governing body if they were made public.
So long as the integrity of the UCI remains in doubt, bicycling's reputation will be hurt far more than anything the USADA have done so far.
Doug Cho, Vancouver