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Friday 03, Mar 2017

  Team Sky Has No Record Of Medication Of Cyclists

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A scathing attack was launched on British Cycling, Team Sky, and their doctor Richard Freeman by UK Anti-Doping boss Nicole Sapstead for failing to keep proper records of drugs given to riders in their care.

Sapstead made an appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) select committee that is investigating allegations of wrongdoing in British cycling since September. The committee received information about a package delivered to Team Sky doctor Freeman for star rider Bradley Wiggins at the end of the Criterium du Dauphine race in June 2011. Sapstead remarked 34 current and former riders and staff members at British Cycling and Team Sky have been interviewed by UK Anti-Doping.

In a shocking revelation, the UK Anti-Doping boss remarked her organization is still unaware whether the legal decongestant Fluimucil was in the package as claimed by Freeman. It is alleged that the packed contained the banned corticosteroid Triamcinolone. Sapstead said we are not able to confirm or refute that it contained Fluimucil and also said we have asked for inventories and medical records and we have not been able to ascertain that because there are no records.

Sapstead said Freeman is unable to produce any evidence that he gave what was an unlicensed product in the UK to Wiggins, as he is obliged to do under correct medical practice as there are simply no records. Sapstead also added that Freeman medical records on a laptop and he was meant, according to Team Sky policy, to upload those records to a dropbox that the other team doctors had access to and also commented but Freeman did not do that and his laptop was stolen in 2014 when he was on holiday in Greece. Sapstead also said Freeman, who was effectively working for both British Cycling and its road racing off-shoot Team Sky, ordered and stored medicines for riders at Manchester headquarters of the governing body and there was no clear separation between which drug was for which outfit.

Freeman was scheduled to appear before the committee but told chairman Damian Collins MP he was too ill to attend.

Sapstead went on to remark that there is simply no record of Fluimucil being ordered by Freeman though there are invoices for Kenalog, a brand name for Triamcinolone. Britain’s most decorated Olympian Bradley Wiggins controversially received therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to use Triamcinolone before his three most important races in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including his 2012 Tour de France victory. The UK Anti-Doping boss also remarked the British Cycling medical store held a significant amount of Kenalog that suggested the drug was being used by more than one rider but access to every rider’s medical files would be required before coming out with a statement.

Sapstead also said he could not “confirm or deny” if Bradley Wiggins was actually given Triamcinolone on the final day of the Dauphine that would have resulted in an anti-doping rule violation because he did not have a TUE to use it in that race because of the missing records of Freeman.

Wiggins had claimed that he required the drug for preventing a flare-up of pollen-related breathing problems that is associated with his history of asthma.

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Sunday 08, Jan 2017

  UK Anti-Doping Chief Criticizes Cycling Chiefs

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David Kenworthy, the chairman of UK Anti-Doping, has termed answers provided by figures within British Cycling and Team Sky to the Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on anti-doping about a mystery medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins as “very disappointing”.

UK Anti-Doping has been investigating allegations of wrongdoing in cycling ever since news broke out that a mystery medical package was delivered to a Team Sky doctor for the British cyclist on the final day of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine that Wiggins went on to win.

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford told MPs on the select committee that former Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman told him that the pack contained a legal decongestant called Fluimucil. Brailsford suggested the medical records of Bradley Wiggins had been provided to UK Anti-Doping for verifying his explanation.

On the other hand, British Cycling president Bob Howden had told MPs that he was not aware of the package’s identity that was delivered by Simon Cope, a coach then employed by British Cycling. Howden said documentary evidence of the medication would be supplied.

Kenworthy said there is still no definite answer from anyone who was involved. Kenworthy, who is stepping down from his UKAD role soon, added he still does not know what was in the package and also commented that he is no near finding out than others. The chairman of UK Anti-Doping added people could remember a package that was delivered to France, they can remember who asked for it, they can remember the route it took, who delivered it, the times it arrived and said the select committee has got expense sheets and travel documents. Kenworthy added it is extremely strange that no one can remember what was in the package but everybody can remember this from five years ago and that is extraordinary and very disappointing for him.

Reacting to the Fluimucil explanation, Kenworthy said that is what Dave Brailsford came out with at the hearing. Kenworthy also raised suspicion on Simon Cope and said here is an individual who is carrying a package containing medicine across international boundaries, and he has no idea what is in them. Kenworthy also commented that one could say he could be putting himself at risk if they are drugs that one could not properly transport. Kenworthy warned we are not giving up on this, and we will dig and delve and find out what was in that package.

Kenworthy, referring to the retirement of Wiggins, added one of the tragedies of all this is you have got probably one of the greatest cyclists that the UK has produced, who is just coming to his retirement, and all the talk is not about the successes that he has had, but about this package.

The comments of Kenworthy are likely to put increased pressure on the Team Sky boss, who has been at the receiving end of intense scrutiny since his appearance before the select committee. Critics have been questioning why an innocuous decongestant was delivered all the way from the Manchester headquarters of Team Sky to France, when it could have been easily sourced locally.

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Monday 19, Sep 2016

  Tour De France Winner Denies Link To Doctor Convicted Of Doping

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Bradley Wiggins, the first British man to win the Tour de France, is facing a fight for his reputation after recently-leaked documents showed he used banned performance enhancing drugs.

Wiggins used Triamcinolone, the same drug Lance Armstrong tested positive for at the 1999 Tour de France.

Wiggins has been forced to deny that the controversial Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was involved in his obtaining so-called therapeutic use exemptions. This was after details of the therapeutic use exemptions granted to him and fellow Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, were leaked.

The leaked documents suggested three TUEs were obtained by Bradley Wiggins for the treatment of asthma and allergies between 2011 and 2013, each before his major target race for that season. The British cyclist also had to clarify apparent inconsistencies between what he wrote in 2012 about the use of needles and the details that have emerged via the Fancy Bears hackers.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Wiggins said Brad has no direct link to Geert Leinders. The spokesperson added Leinders was ‘on race’ doctor for Team Sky for short period and so was occasionally present at races dealing with injuries sustained whilst racing such as colds, bruises etc. It was further commented by the spokesperson of Wiggins that Leinders had no part in Brad’s TUE application and added Brad’s medical assessments from 2011-2015 were processed by the official Team Sky doctor, and were verified by independent specialists to follow WADA, UCI, and BC guidelines. The statement also reads Brad’s passing comment regarding needles in the 2012 book referred to the historic and illegal practice of intravenous injections of performance-enhancing substances, which was the subject of a law change by [world cycling’s governing body] the UCI in 2011. It was also commented that the Triamcinolone injection that is referred to in the Wada leaks is an intramuscular treatment for asthma and is fully approved by the sport’s governing bodies and Brad stands by his comment concerning the use of illegal intravenous needle injections.

Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was a Team Sky doctor between 2011-2012 and Bradley won the Tour de France in the latter year. Leinders was later banned for life for doping offences committed during a previous stint at the tainted Rabobank cycling team between 2001-2009.

David Walsh, the Sunday Times journalist who brought down Lance Armstrong, suggested that a 2012 injection of Triamcinolone was given as a preventive measure rather than to treat existing symptoms ahead of Wiggins’s historic Tour victory. The journalist said the team that wanted to be seen as whiter than white had been dealing in shades of grey and added what they did was legal, but it was not right.

The British professional road and track racing cyclist, who rides for the UCI Continental team WIGGINS and was awarded a CBE in 2009, won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games in 2012.

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Monday 28, Jul 2014

  Nibali Wins 2014 Tour De France, Praises Doping Controls

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Nibali Wins 2014 Tour De France, Praises Doping Controls

Vincenzo Nibali emerged on Sunday as the first Italian winner of the Tour de France in 16 years on Sunday. The Italian rider praised the efforts of cycling’s anti-doping agencies before he won the coveted trophy.

The 29-year-old said he would not be here if there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, and the biological passport. In 2008, Nibali finished 19th in the Tour that was the same year in which the biological passport was implemented by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The Astana rider remarked a lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now. Nibali also added he is ready to accept the idea that his samples would be stored for future testing.

After his Tour win, Nibali said the Vuelta for him was the most important because it showed him that he could aim to win big tours like the Giro and the Tour in the following years. The Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered one of the strongest stage race riders in the world, added it is obvious that for him (as Italian) the Giro is very important but it is also special for the Italian fans and added but what makes the Tour so much bigger is the international attention it demands.

Vincenzo Nibali added he has taken his place in the history of the Tour and that is very important, but those others also made their names in other great races, such as the classics. Nibali added he never thought about making history, and said he just concentrated on trying to win the Tour, like he won the Giro and the Vuelta, because he is a stage racer. The cyclist went on to add that of course there are other races that he want to win, like the Tour of Lombardy in which he had come close many times but not had the luck or the World Championships, which he tried to win last year, or Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Astana rider added he had always liked these races and he did like to try to win them, even though he is more suited to stage races.

Nibali joins Italian Felice Gimondi, Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spaniard Alberto Contador, and Frenchmen Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil as the only men to have won all three Grand Tours. He also joined five other cyclists, including Eddy Merckx, who have won all three of cycling’s grand tours — the Tour, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia.

His previous best finish in the Tour de France was third place, behind Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in 2012.

Nibali’s Tour win was benefited from the misfortunes of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Froome quit early after three crashes and Contador (who was stripped of his Tour de France 2010 win for using Clenbuterol, a banned substance) hit a hole in the pavement and broke his leg. Nibali won decisive four stages of the Tour, including the Vosges, the Alps, and the Pyrenees. The rider also wore the yellow jersey as the race leader for 19 of the 21 stages.

On Saturday evening, Nibali had remarked the Tour de France this year was a great race, very different than the Tours we’ve had in the past. He added it was just about made to measure for him and it was very difficult from the beginning.

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Saturday 28, Dec 2013

  Michael Rogers Suspended For Doping

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Cycling veteran Michael Rogers of Australia has been provisionally suspended by the world’s governing body of cycling. The three-time world time trial champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist tested positive for Clenbuterol, a drug used to treat asthma and used by athletes to cut body fat.

The 33-year-old has however claimed that the positive urine sample during his victory at the Japan Cup Road Race on October 20 may have been caused by contaminated food. The Saxo-Tinkoff rider denies deliberate doping but the UCI said the provisional suspension of Rogers would remain in force until a hearing convened by Cycling Australia identifies whether or not Rogers has committed an anti-doping rule violation. The cyclist competed in China a week before his positive drugs test. This was despite the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing a warning in the past to exercise a high sense of care and caution in China because of the use of illicit use of the growth promoter in livestock there.

In a statement, Saxo-Tinkoff said Michael Rogers immediately informed the team management about the notification from the UCI and the Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins (came) from a contaminated food source. It added that Rogers participated in the Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup and traveled directly from China to Japan.

Rogers won three consecutive World Time Trial Championships between 2003 and 2005 and was upgraded to bronze in the time trial at the 2004 Atlanta Olympics after Tyler Hamilton was disqualified. The cyclist has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. A veteran of nine Tour de France campaigns, Rogers left Team Sky where he rode in support of 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins. He left Team Sky after he was named in evidence in the Lance Armstrong case as working with Michele Ferrari, the favored doctor of Armstrong.

Meanwhile, Interim Cycling Australia chief executive Adrian Anderson has remarked Rogers should face maximum ban if found guilty. He remarked Cycling Australia would support the maximum sanctions under the World Anti-Doping Agency code if the veteran cyclist is found guilty of doping and added that the fact that the drug testing process continues to uncover positive tests should be a lesson to all cyclists that if they chose to dope they can expect to be caught. In a statement, Cycling Australia said Michael Rogers does not hold an Australian racing licence and sanctions against him would not be determined by Cycling Australia if charges against Rogers are proven right. Anderson added that Cycling Australia would support the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and the applicable national federation in whatever action they deem appropriate.

The world’s governing body of cycling also announced that Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne has also been suspended for a positive test for Clenbuterol at the Tour of Taihu Lake in China on November 5.

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Monday 02, Dec 2013

  Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

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Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

Chris Froome has welcomed tougher doping penalties and said he has been personally hit hard by claims of cheating. The Tour de France 2013 champion said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than it was during the notorious Lance Armstrong era.

Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, Froome said to reporters that it is great that the World Anti-Doping Agency plans to extend the ban from two to four years, and that cycling is being taken as leading the way in the fight in anti-doping. He added when first-time offenders are given a four-year ban, that’s quite serious for a sport when the window is very short. Chris Froome added you can only be a professional for 15 years and it is a harsh penalty and that’s what we need to see in cycling.

The Team Sky rider added that he has no sympathy for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong but hopes that the now-banned rider will be given a chance to testify at any future inquiry into doping in professional cycling. Froome said there is still so much that needs to be explained, needs to be elaborated on in order for everyone to be able to put this story to bed and, finally, move on from this and there is still a lot of good that can be done through what Armstrong has to say and he thinks it would eventually put an end to that story and allow the rest of us to carry on with our careers. The British rider added it would be really good for the sport to know exactly what was happening at those times so that we can learn and move on from that and he doesn’t think it’s good for the current situation of the sport to be lingering on what’s happened in the past. Froome also said that he would want to see him come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed and it happened more than a decade ago and we need to stop talking about it now.

In another development, a new book Inside Team Sky has claimed that Sir Bradley Wiggins snubbed Team Sky colleague Chris Froome after he won last year’s Tour de France by splitting his prize money with all his other teammates, excluding Froome. In his book, Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh said that Wiggins eventually paid Froome the money during the week of this year’s World Championships in Florence, and on the insistence of team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford. Froome was runner-up to Wiggins in the race that would have netted him €200,000, but the tradition of Tour de France dictates that overall winner shares his prize money with all the riders who help him win. Wiggins and Froome were struggling with tension in the second half of the 2012 Tour de France after Froome appeared to attack Wiggins, his team leader, on Stage 11 to La Toussuire-Les-Sybelles. This incident sparked a row on Twitter between Wiggins’ wife Cath, and Froome’s now fiancée, Michelle Cound.

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Monday 22, Jul 2013

  Chris Froome Wins Tour De France 2013

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Chris Froome Wins Tour De France 2013

Christopher Froome, the Kenyan-born British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky, has won the Tour de France 2013. Froome became the hot favorite to bring home the honors after Bradley Wiggins pulled out of this year’s race through injury.

Froome vowed his victory wouldn’t be stripped for doping as were of Lance Armstrong and added that this is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time. The rider said he has also believed in people who have turned out to be cheats and liars but assured everyone that he is not a cheat. Chris Froome had to ride through a barrage of doubt and skepticism, especially since his strength in the mountains and time trials reminded some cycling lovers of Armstrong and the way he and his team used to suffocate the race.

Froome hugged his Team Sky manager Chris Brailsford first and the pair were very close to tears. The rider toasted his Team Sky colleagues in an accompanying car and remarked it is difficult for him to put it into words and the race has been a fight every single day. The British rider who dominated rivals over three weeks on the road became the second British in succession to win the Tour after Bradley Wiggins in 2012. He dedicated his victory to his late mother, Jane, who died in 2008 and remarked he would probably be at home watching on TV without her encouragement to follow his dreams.

After this win, Froome remarked to win the 100th edition is an honor beyond any he had dreamed and the rider was soon joined by five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain on the podium. Olympic gold medalist Victoria Pendleton praised the efforts of Chris Froome, calling him an “absolutely phenomenal athlete”.

Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Joaquim Rodriguez — who were the 100th edition’s podium finisher — have never failed a drug test or been directly implicated in any of cycling doping scandals, a notable departure both from the Armstrong era.

Froome turned professional in 2007 at the age of 22 with Team Konica Minolta and moved to Team Sky in 2010. In October 2009, Froome represented England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, coming fifth in the time trial. He made his breakthrough as a Grand Tour contender during the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall. At the 2012 Tour de France, Froome riding as a domestique for Bradley Wiggins, won stage seven that culminated on a steep uphill finish and finished second overall, behind only the win of Bradley Wiggins in the same race as the best British performance in the history of Tour de France. Froome also won the bronze medal in the time trial event at the Olympic Games and finished fourth in the Vuelta a España in 2012. The rider’s first stage race win came in 2013, in the Tour of Oman, followed by wins in the Criterium International, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Tour de France.

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Saturday 05, Jan 2013

  Bike Pure Partners To Set Up Ethical Cycling Program

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Bike Pure Partners To Set Up Ethical Cycling Program

The anti-doping charity set up in 2007 to combat doping in cycling, Bike Pure, is partnering with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, the women’s team whose backers include Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins for running its ethical cycling sport education program.

An independent not for profit organization registered in Australia, Bike Pure is strongly opposed to doping and promotes honest ethical cycle sport. It was conceived by its co-founders Myles McCorry and Andy Layhe out of the doping scandals that tarnished the 2008 Tour de France. More than 170 professional cyclists and teams, both professional and amateur, align with it to show their support for honest, ethical sport, represented as sincere role models for cyclists and cycling fans around the world.

According to an announcement, team owner and manager Rochelle Gilmore has set up the program that is meant specifically for educating the younger riders of the team, including Great Britain’s world and Olympic champion team pursuit trio of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, about “the dangers of doping, risk of contamination and the importance of honest and fair sport.”

The central message of the program is to emphasize that it is very much possible to succeed in sport without resorting to performance enhancing drugs.

Gilmore, winner of the Commonwealth Games road race in Delhi two years ago, who will combine her role as manager with riding for Wiggle Honda, said I have a young team with the average age being 23 so I feel it is critical to educate the athletes about the risk of contamination, innocent thoughtless mistakes, and the temptation or influences to dope. Bike Pure, as part of its partnership with Wiggle Honda, will be conducting seminars with the riders of the team to educate them about its principles of honesty and integrity and, above all, how to avoid accidental positive test results.

Bike Pure is delighted to announce a partnership with the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team, commented Andy Layhe, who co-founded Bike Pure in Ireland with Myles McCorry and now helps run the organization from Sydney, Australia. Layhe added that it is an important time for the development of women’s cycling and Rochelle Gilmore has worked tirelessly to produce a dominant team that will be big players on the 2013 road scene.

Layhe, who represented Bike Pure at the two-day Change Cycling Now summit in London at the start of December, further added that we are strong advocates of women’s cycling and the desire of Rochelle for all her riders to adhere to Bike Pure’s principles reflects her own passion for fair, honest sport. It was further remarked that it is important that all riders are given the opportunity to perform in a positive environment and our partnership reflects this.

Gilmore explained that women are at high risk of returning a positive test due to accidently consuming a banned substance though systematic doping is not present in women’s cycling and female cyclists re not educated or experienced enough to know when they might be consuming a banned medication. Gilmore went on to add that doping is not constantly on the mind of female cyclists and education is our motivation to partner with Bike Pure.

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Wednesday 02, Jan 2013

  WorldTour License For Saxo-Tinkoff Opens Door For Contador’s Tour Return

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WorldTour License For Saxo-Tinkoff Opens Door For Contador’s Tour Return

Next season, Alberto Contador is all but sure to be back at the Tour de France. This was after the final-hour ProTeam license was awarded to Saxo-Tinkoff Bank that assures that the cyclist banned for using Clenbuterol will return to the Tour for the first time since 2011. After being sidelined this season due to his backdated Clenbuterol ban, the Spanish superstar will be the centerpiece in the battle for the Tour de France title.

“Contador will be back in the Tour next year,” said Sky’s 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins. “Alberto changes any races he’s in.” At the Tour presentation in October, 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) said Alberto will be back next year and you know he will be extra motivated to win and added that the Spaniard always races to win and is always a hard competitor.

The aggression of Alberto Contador in the mountains is well known for altering the dynamics of any race when he is at the start line and Contador typically races for the win in just about every race he starts. In the past, the cyclist has passionately insisted his wins have come clean and said that his doping case was triggered after eating contaminated beef; the doping incident led to disqualification of his 2010 Tour de France win, as well as his 2011 Giro d’Italia victory.

Recently, the doping-related case of the Spaniard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport was closed after a private settlement on the proposed fine was reached and the CAS therefore “officially terminated the arbitration.” The cyclist was given a suspension of two years for his positive doping control for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France and made a return to racing in August of this year and subsequently won the Vuelta a Espana.

In a statement issued, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said the CAS has been informed of an amicable settlement between the UCI and Contador regarding this issue and has officially terminated the arbitration. The details of the settlement were not released though it was reported that Contador must pay 37,500 Euros in court costs for the UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency.

However, the cyclist is still under some ‘dark clouds’ after links between Contador and former trainer Pepe Martí surfaced though he was not named in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into the U.S. Postal Service-Discovery Channel-Astana doping legacy. If that was not all, an expected trial that will involve Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, Manolo Saíz, and other key players in the Operación Puerto blood doping ring dating back to 2006 will bring back bad memories for Contador who was among nine riders not allowed to start the 2006 Tour while racing with Liberty Seguros at the time. But he is likely to make a big impact with the arrival of many quality riders, including Nicholas Roche, Roman Kreuziger, Michael Rogers, U.S. champ Timmy Duggan, and Rory Sutherland and the cyclist is doubly motivated for the Tour with a climber-friendly route on tap for the centennial edition.

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Saturday 29, Dec 2012

  Riders Hold Key To Doping Reform Adoption

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Riders Hold Key To Doping Reform Adoption

The founder of the Change Cycling Now group has remarked that the response from top riders to a radical proposal aimed at eliminating blood doping among the grand tour challengers should be known by the end of next month.

Jaimie Fuller who created the new lobby group behind the reform said he is optimistic that the proposal drafted by blood-doping expert Dr Michael Ashenden will be well received.

The blood-doping expert didn’t elaborate on the proposal details that was submitted to Gianni Bugno, the Italian president of the Association of Professional Cyclists, but said it would ”guarantee” that the winners of the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a Espana were not able to undergo blood transfusions.

An Australian who also sat on the recent CCN conference in London, Ashenden, cited the requirement for the best grand tour riders of the world to evaluate the proposal first and then offer their feedback to himself, Bungo, and the Change Cycling Now group. Ashenden said the group requires assistance from the riders to put into place a system for next year that will ensure that the winner of a grand tour has not blood-doped. The doping expert further remarked that this short-term and intensive approach will restore public confidence in the race outcomes and the riders and the approach is for the riders, but it is very much by the riders.

Chief executive of compression garment firm SKINS that sponsors a number of cycling teams and other sports, Fuller, is suing the world governing body of cycling for damages to the reputation of his company from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and cited the mismanagement of the UCI in the aftermath of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s guilty verdict for the retired 41-year-old American rider Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of all his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life for doping.

The UCI has dismissed the legitimacy of CNN but many in the cycling world are listening to the message of the newly formed group, especially in light of USADA and World Anti-Doping Agency concerns over an independent commission of inquiry into the handling of doping issues by the UCI.

Meanwhile, Fuller is confident that the Tour, Giro, and Vuelta organizers will support any proposal that enables them to put their hands on their hearts and say we have a clean winner. He added that it is awful to win and stand on the dais and knowing that everything whispering that he must have doped and went on to say that Bradley Wiggins as been copping this since he has won and this is inexcusable. Fuller also said Wiggins and Cadel Evans, who in 2011 became the first Australian to win the Tour and was seventh this year, should speak out more openly against doping. Public discussion over the doping issue must continue, especially should an official truth and reconciliation commission into it be held, said Fuller who also remarked that things can change quickly and for the better as it is about a change of mindset, not just about policing the problem.

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