UCI demands jurisdiction over Luxembourg agency in Schleck investigation.
Picking up where he left off in the Armstrong case, UCI president Patrick McQuaid has asserted that the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) has no jurisdiction in the doping investigation of Frank Schleck.
“We have made it clear to Luxembourg as we have made it abundantly clear to the US authorities: the UCI has final jurisdiction over these investigations,” said McQuaid. “I’m the boss and what I say goes.”
Schleck tested positive for Xipamid, a banned diuretic on July 14 after the 13th stage of the Tour. The ALAD has referred the case to their disciplinary committee to decide what if any sanctions should be applied to the RadioShack Nissan-Trek rider.
However, UCI president McQuaid plans on taking over the Schleck investigation. “We have plenty of lawyers so that’s not the issue,” said McQuaid. “I already have half of them helping Armstrong — I mean fighting the USADA — and I’ve got plenty left to deal with the Luxembourg people. It’s a small country and they’re in big trouble.”
The UCI is already engaged in a public tug of war with the USADA over control of the Armstrong doping investigation. While initially stating in an interview with Sporza that the American agency was in control, he then changed his mind several days later, demanding that USADA CEO Travis Tygart turn over all evidence and final jurisdiction to the UCI.
McQuaid is concerned that the USADA and the Luxembourg agency may not provide a fair and ethical investigation of Armstrong and Frank Schleck. When reminded that the UCI faces charges of gross unethical behavior for receiving two financial gifts totaling $125,000 dollars from Armstrong back in 2002 and 2005, McQuaid reacted with anger. “What’s the point here? I make the rules, I change the rules, the rules are whatever I want,” said McQuaid. “You people don’t seem to understand I am king.”
Luxembourg anti-doping authorities are now huddling with the USADA lawyers to discuss next steps. CEO Tygart has already pitched a reality TV show to Hollywood called “Qwazy McQuaid” and according to one source, a pilot episode is in the works.
Rumors persist that McQuaid and the UCI are readying plans to declare all national anti-doping agencies illegal. UCI spokesman Enrico Capriani insisted that the matter has not been discussed. “Nothing has been decided. We cannot comment on rumors or the inventions of the media,” said Capriani. He would neither confirm or deny that McQuaid has installed a throne in his UCI office in Aigle, Switzerland.