5 Nov 2012

BikeNZ sponsor to sue world cycling body over Armstrong

6:40 pm on 5 November 2012

The Australian firm SKINS is suing world cycling governing body UCI for more than $2 million, alleging the organisation harmed the company's image by failing to crack down sufficiently on doping and run a clean sport.

The sports compression wear maker says it has also cited UCI president Pat McQuaid for their handling of the doping crisis in the sport which it claims has harmed the company's international reputation.

SKINS has been involved in professional cycling since 2008 and sponsors BikeNZ along with Cycling Australia, and USA Cycling among others.

But, in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, which saw the Texan stripped of his seven Tour de France titles SKINS said it had to act and had served the UCI with a demand for $2 million.