"It was disturbing to watch him describe a litany of offenses including among others doping throughout his career, leading a team that doped, bullying, consistently lying to everyone and producing a backdated medical prescription to justify a test result," said the UCI chief, referring to Armstrong's positive test for a corticosteroid during his first Tour win in 1999.
"However, Lance Armstrong also rightly said that cycling is a completely different sport today than it was 10 years ago," McQuaid said.
Verbruggen said Armstrong's interview helped show that "the UCI has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport."
AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson in London contributed to this report.
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