Cycling's governing body denied that its president supplied a French sports newspaper with documents used to accuse Lance Armstrong of doping at the 1999 Tour de France.

The International Cycling Union also said yesterday that World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound was blocking its investigation by withholding information. UCI said Pound must be held accountable and "conduct of this type will not be tolerated."

Pound said last week he received a letter from UCI President Hein Verbruggen saying he had provided L'Equipe with forms indicating Armstrong had tested positive for EPO during the first of his seven Tour victories.

Pound's "transparently erroneous statements about the UCI being the source of the forms are difficult to explain, except that they appear to be an attempt by Mr. Pound to draw attention away from his efforts to obstruct and delay the UCI investigation," UCI said in a statement.

"Mr. Verbruggen has never been involved personally, contrary to what Mr. Pound said in another statement. However, it is also apparent that the reporters were given at least five and perhaps 15 of Lance Armstrong's doping control forms from the 1999 Tour de France, and it is certain that those forms did not come from the UCI."

The UCI said it was conducting an investigation at WADA's request, and it urged WADA to either censure its chief or assign someone else to this case.

"The investigation of the testing and the results that were published must logically start with the laboratory and WADA and we are waiting for a response from them to our questions," UCI said.

-- From News Services