Lance Armstrong Doping Probe Is Budgeted to Cost $3.3 Million

Cycling’s ruling body is prepared to spend 3 million Swiss francs ($3.3 million) on an inquiry into how it oversaw doping controls during Lance Armstrong’s career, a probe that includes a former war crimes investigator.

The Union Cycliste Internationale disclosed the budget yesterday in an e-mailed response to questions.

It’s the second attempt by the UCI to look into its treatment of Armstrong, the American stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The Aigle, Switzerland-based UCI disbanded a initial commission last year after the ruling body’s then-president Pat McQuaid called it “very expensive” for its resources. It had net income of 9.2 million Swiss francs in 2012, according to an annual report on its website.

“We still don’t really have much definition or detail on what this panel is actually going to do” but the amount the UCI has budgeted suggests that it will be thorough, Steve Maxwell, a Colorado-based management consultant who last year co-wrote a paper called “A Roadmap to Repair Pro Cycling,” said in an e-mail.

Swiss state prosecutor Dick Marty will lead the new commission that is also comprised of former war crimes investigator Peter Nicholson, an Australian, and German lawyer Ulrich Haas.

The three will have access to UCI files and electronic data, according to the ruling body, which wants them to finish their work by the end of the year.

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