PtG Article 27.09.2010

The President of France's Anti-Doping Agency resigns

The president of France’s anti-doping agency (AFLD), Pierre Bordry, announced his resignation Friday after a five year tenure in which he had several clashed with cycling officials and with Lance Armstrong.

Pierre Bordry told AP that he will step down as soon as his successor is appointed. "The agency structured and organized itself during this five-year spell," Bordry told AP in a phone interview. "And I'm glad that the World Anti-Doping Agency says in its statistics that the AFLD is the most efficient agency in the world."Bordry refused to give any reason for his resignation, but has long battled with French authorities regarding proper funding for the agency. During his presidency, Bordry has been in several rows, most notably with the International Cycling Union (UCI), which he accused of giving Lance Armstrong's then Astana team special treatment in the 2009 Tour de France.The 71-year-old Bordry always has had a tense relationship with Armstrong, and promised last week to cooperate fully with a U.S. federal investigation into organised doping in professional cycling, including Armstrong.