AOC President calls for O'Grady's resignation

Stuart O'Grady is confident the Australian cycling team will win a medal on the London Olympics.
Stuart O'Grady is confident the Australian cycling team will win a medal on the London Olympics. Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee president John Coates has called on Stuart O'Grady to resign from his position on the Olympic Games Athlete's Commission.

Just three days after announcing his retirement from the sport, the 39-year-old, who completed a record-equalling 17th Tour de France last weekend, revealed he had used the banned blood-booster, EPO, before the 1998 Tour.

The admission followed the release of a French Senate report into that Tour which named O'Grady, and also found the top three finishers, Italian Marco Pantani, Germany's Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich, all took EPO.

AOC secretary-general Craig Phillips said yesterday he had contacted O'Grady to ask for his resignation.

Coates was supportive of the report, which looked into drug use in other sports as well as cycling.

"This was a shameful period for the sport of cycling which has been well documented - that is no excuse for the decision taken by Stuart O'Grady," Coates said.

"One can only hope that cycling and especially the Tour de France is cleaner as a result of today's revelations and the Lance Armstrong saga."

Topics:  cycling doping tour de france

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