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UCI pair set for WADA talks

Two members of the UCI's management committee are to try and improve relations with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The UCI was criticised for disbanding the independent commission it set up in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal after a procedural dispute over an amnesty for witnesses.

Instead it plans to hold a separate truth and reconciliation inquiry, with such an amnesty, provided agreement can be reached with WADA, something which at times this week appeared far-fetched as UCI president Pat McQuaid and WADA counterpart John Fahey traded public blows.

Following a meeting of its management committee at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville, a statement from the UCI read: "During his introduction to the meeting, the UCI president Mr Pat McQuaid reviewed the situation following the decision to disband the independent commission and to set up a truth and reconciliation commission.

"Mr Artur Lopes (POR, UCI vice-president) and Mr Daniel Baal (FRA, member) were selected to represent the management committee in discussions on implementing this initiative due to take place between the relevant departments of the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)."