Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy admits he is disappointed that cycling's reputation has been "tarnished" by doping, but claims that only a very small number of competitors resort to cheating.
Sir Chris was speaking at the official opening of the London 2012 velodrome on Monday (22nd February), where UCI president Pat McQuaid told SNTV that he is yet to receive the full documentation from the Spanish federation relating to Alberto Contador's positive test for clenbuterol.
The sport of cycling had reason to celebrate on Monday as the venue that will host the track cycling and BMX events at the 2012 London Olympics was officially opened.
However, the sport has found itself under less desirable scrutiny in recent years due to a number of high-profile doping cases.
Alberto Contador, three times a winner of the Tour de France, tested positive for the banned drug clenbuterol during the 2010 race.
Contador claimed the positive test came from contaminated beef.
The Spanish cycling federation initially recommended a one-year ban, before deciding last week to clear him of doping.
It has been suggested that cycling's governing body the UCI could launch an appeal against the decision.
UCI chief Pat McQuaid was asked if his organisation had received the relevant documentation yet from the Spanish federation.
"No, we haven't received the report yet."
Q: What did you make of the situation as it changed last week?
"I don't really want to comment on it. We've got to see see the report, study what's in it and then make a decision as to whether we appeal or not I don't want to comment other than that."
Q: Do you think clenbuterol can be ingested inadvertently?
"I don't want to comment on it at all. I'll wait until we see what comes out in the ... When it's finished, then I'll comment."
Q: Do you know when you're going to receive the report?
"No, I don't. I'm not sure. When I left the office yesterday, it wasn't there. It may have arrived today, I don't know."
Q: So it's a question of any minute?
"It's a question of any minute, yes."
SUPER CAPTION: Pat McQuaid, UCI president
Sir Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic games, claims that Team GB's success on the track is proof that cyclists can succeed without the use of drugs.
"Well, it is concerning, but I think that all you can do as an athlete is go out there and represent a positive role model, and go out there and win clean, and show it can be done clean, and I think the (British) track team have shown that. We've been out to the Olympics in beijing, (winning) seven gold medals, we've had success in the past, and the road cycling, it's quite a long way removed from what we (track cyclists) do, or what I do personally. The Tour de France (comprises) three weeks of racing, six or seven hours a day sometimes. What we do, we're on bikes, but it's important you don't get tarnished with the same brush. But all we can do is go out there, show people that it can be done clean, (and) show the future generations as well. The worst thing would be for parents to think 'I wouldn't want my kids getting into cycling because it's got a bad image', and it couldn't be further from the truth. It's very high profile, but it's a very small number of people who are involved in the darker side of that, so it's a shame because the sports do get tarnished, but I would say that on the whole it's a hugely clean sport, and you can be a champion without taking drugs."
SUPER CAPTION: Sir Chris Hoy. Olympic gold medallist
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe is adamant that the next Olympic Games will use stringent drug testing procedures.
"Cycling is a fantastic sport. No sport is inviolate from performance-enhancing drugs. Both sports (athletics and cycling) take that extremely seriously. We take that extremely seriously. We will have systems in place in London that will make it very very hard for athletes to step outside the moral boundaries."