The reaction of the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) into the USDA report on Lance Armstrong has been called into question by the Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh.
Speaking to RTE, Walsh said: "Pat McQuaid is giving the impression that this report shocked him. My question to Pat is, 'how could it shock you'?
"All the evidence has been out there for a long time. Floyd Landis sent his e-mails two years ago. Did Pat McQuaid ring up Floyd Landis and say ‘Floyd what you’re saying is unbelievable. I need to speak to you. I need you to give me details’."
The journalist, who has been at the forefront of doping investigations, said in 2006 Frankie Andreu, a former US Postal rider, was interviewed by the New York Times and said 'I doped to help Lance Armstrong win his first Tour de France in 1999'.
Walsh said Pat McQuaid was President of UCI at that time.
He added: "Did he ring up Frankie Andreu and say ‘Frankie you doped to help Lance. Was there much doping in the team? Could we speak? Will you tell me more?'"