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Wednesday 25, Mar 2015

  WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

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WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency has remarked that Lance Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who previously held seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 before being stripped of all his titles, has not done enough to get his life ban reduced.

David Howman said the latest bid for rehabilitation from Armstrong’s side is coming too late. Howman added Armstrong did not seize the he had to come forward with details of his doping past and also remarked if Lance satisfied the criteria to go forward and ask for suspension of his ban, the criteria will be carefully looked at, but so far he has not. The WADA Chief also remarked that he is not sure why Lance Armstrong has not done anything and also said that Lance certainly had plenty of opportunities, including talking to us, but he has not come forward with substantial information that might be helpful to the cycling fraternity.

Howman went on to remark that Lance should have made an appeal if he thought he had been given a harsher treatment. He added the cyclist should have sit down and explain the whole regime and what they did but he did not do it before the independent commission that was established by the UCI, he did not do it with USADA, and he has not done it with WADA.

Howman agreed with Brian Cookson, International Cycling Union President, who said plans of Lance Armstrong to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton this summer would be disrespectful. Howman said Cookson is the correct judge of that, and he thinks his statement reflected what was probably the position from their perspective, which is damaging and went on to add that he thinks there is probably going more attention on what he is doing than on the Tour, and that is a little bit sad.

 Armstrong was approached to join the ride by former English soccer player Geoff Thomas. The former soccer star is trying to raise $1.5 million for the fight against blood cancer.

Cookson warned Armstrong not to take part in a Tour de France charity ride in July. The International Cycling Union president said Armstrong was “completely disrespectful” to the current riders, cycling authorities, and the race and remarked he is sure Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly he thinks that is completely inappropriate.

This month, Armstrong met US Anti-Doping Agency Chief Travis Tygart in hopes to get a reduction of his ban but the cyclist is yet to get in touch with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong was banned in 2012, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and banned for life after systematic doping was exposed within his former teams. The cyclist decided not to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and accepted that he used banned performance enhancing drugs and methods like Testosterone, Cortisone, and Blood transfusion to gain an “unfair” advantage over other cyclists.

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Wednesday 11, Mar 2015

  UCI Colluded With Lance Armstrong, Says Report

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UCI Colluded With Lance Armstrong, Says Report

A 227-page report by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was published on Monday after a year-long probe. The report criticized the UCI, the world governing body of cycling, for allowing doping and covering up Lance Armstrong, the sport’s star rider.

The report also criticized former UCI leaders Hein Verbruggen and successor Pat McQuaid for letting doping flourish and breaking rules. The present UCI President Brian Cookson said Verbruggen should give up his honorary presidency and added that cycling still has “an endemic problem of lower-level doping.”

The UCI chief remarked the advisers of Lance Armstrong were allowed to become “directly and heavily” involved in Emile Vrijman’s 2006 report. Vrijman, the Dutch lawyer, was examining accusations by L’Equipe newspaper in 2005 that Lance Armstrong took Erythropoietin (EPO) in winning the first of his seven Tour de France titles. L’Equipe linked back-tested samples from the race to the cyclist.

 

The CIRC investigation found the UCI “purposely limited the scope of the independent investigator’s mandate” against the suggestion of Vrijman. It was also revealed that the primary goal was to ensure that the report reflected UCI’s and Lance Armstrong’s personal conclusions. It was also revealed by the investigation that the UCI exempted Lance Armstrong from rules, failed to target test him despite the suspicions, and publicly supported him against allegations of doping, even as late as 2012. It went on to add that the world governing body of cycling saw Lance Armstrong as the perfect choice to lead the sport’s renaissance after the Festina doping scandal at the 1998 Tour de France. It was also added that the fact that he was American opened up a new continent for the sport, he had beaten cancer and the media quickly made him a global star.

The report also highlighted decision of Pat McQuaid to allow Lance Armstrong to participate in the 2009 Tour Down Under even though the former American professional road racing cyclist hadn’t been in the testing group for the required period of time. The report says there was a temporal link between this decision, which was communicated to UCI staff in the morning, and the decision of Lance Armstrong, which was notified to Pat McQuaid later that same day, to participate in the Tour of Ireland, an event run by people known to Pat McQuaid.

After the report was published, McQuaid said if he had not put a lot of his time and energy into the fight against doping, as the report recognizes, and led to significant progress maybe he would have had more time to spend more time on governance and management which the report finds criticism with. He added the area which is under investigation is only one part of an enormously challenging role as UCI president and he is proud of his achievements in developing the sport globally.

Cookson, who set up the three-man CIRC panel, said Lance Armstrong had a positive test for cortisone, which was covered up – and assisted in covering up – by the UCI in 1999 and added that it the UCI was going to prioritize the image of the sport, the business of the sport, over the integrity and honesty of the sport and that was a very bad signal.

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Friday 27, Feb 2015

  Cookson Promises Transparency Over Doping Report

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UCI President Brian Cookson has promised that the Cycling Independent Reform Commission will be transparent with its report on doping within the sport.

Speaking at the world tracking cycling championships in Paris, Cookson remarked he thinks there will be many uncomfortable readings in the report and we all should be ready for them. The Briton remarked the UCI will not engage itself in FIFA-style wrangling over publication of the CIRC report into allegations that the UCI was a party to wrongdoings. In the past, Lance Armstrong has accused the UCI and its earlier presidents, Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid, of covering up positive doping tests.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced on January 8th 2014 about the creation of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC). The independent body is expected to put its findings about doping practices within the sport to ensure that the sport is operated smoothly and without any allegations.

The independent commission was established after Lance Armstrong, one of the most decorated cyclists of all time, was banned for life and stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles that he won from 1998 to 2005. The USADA report was based on testimonies from many former teammates of Armstrong, including George Hincapie and Tyler Hamilton. It concluded that the cyclist engaged in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” The former American professional road racing cyclist later admitted in January 2013 that he made use of banned drugs and methods like Testosterone, EPO, blood transfusions, and cortisone to stay ahead of peers.

The Cycling Independent Reform Commission was trusted with the task of investigating whether the world governing body of cycling was complicit in wrongdoing. The CIRC is expected to report its findings to the cycling’s governing body by end of this month and the UCI will then publish the document in full, according to Brian Cookson.

In May last year, Lance Armstrong met with the CIRC in a meeting that lasted for seven hours. It is believed that Armstrong has been critical of the first 18 months of presidency of Cookson, who took over reins of the cycling’s body from Pat McQuaid in September 2013. Brian Cookson remarked that he is not worried about what Armstrong might or might not say about him as he is entitled to his opinion. The UCI chief added Armstrong always has an agenda.

Armstrong’s attorney Elliot Peters revealed that the meeting between his client and the CIRC was a very good meeting. Peters also revealed at that time that if you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered. Peters also remarked that the life ban imposed on Lance Armstrong is unfairly harsh and should be reduced. The attorney also said his client is talking in the spirit of not trying to benefit by getting somebody else in trouble, but in the spirit of let us tell the truth.

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Saturday 01, Nov 2014

  Tiernan-Locke Says He Has No Respect For The Doping Sanction

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Tiernan-Locke Says He Has No Respect For The Doping Sanction

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, the former Team Sky rider who was banned from cycling for two years in July, hits back at UCI President Brian Cookson. The cyclist remarked he has no respect for the doping sanction placed on him after Cookson described him as “foolish” for comments he made about the governing body and its disciplinary procedures.

Tiernan-Locke described the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) hearing into his case as a “Mickey Mouse court” when he appeared at the Exmoor Beast sportive. The cyclist added he will make a return to professional bike racing when his doping ban ends in December 2015 and remarked he will take some kind of coaching in the meantime.

Speaking at the Tour de France route presentation, Cookson said it is very foolish and not a wise thing for Jonathan to term UKAD anti-doping hearing as a Mickey Mouse court. Cookson said Jonathan has to look at the terms and conditions of his sanction and added that he is afraid that he is banned from coaching or any event in any capacity that has anything to do with the UCI or any national federation affiliated with the UCI. Cookson went on to add that the cyclist would be wise to accept his sanction and if he wants to return in two years, then let us see what happens. Tiernan-Locke responded by saying that he would not waste his time reading the terms and has no respect for the sanction. The cyclist added he has no faith in the governing body and said he will continue coaching and giving advice to athletes and nobody can stop him from doing that.

The 29-year-old from Devon became the first Sky rider to be banned under anti-doping rules.  The former Team Sky rider was banned for anomalies in his biological passport. The 29-year-old has maintained that the discrepancy was due to dehydration brought on by a binge drinking session 32 hours earlier. Tiernan-Locke was stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain title after the positive test and is also stripped of his result from 2012 World Championship road race. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is ineligible to race until December 31, 2015. The contract of Jonathan was terminated by Team Sky after his anti-doping suspension was confirmed. Sky team principal Dave Brailsford had remarked Jonathan’s contract has been terminated and added whilst there have been no doubts about his time with us, his doping violation – from readings taken before he joined this team – means there’s no place for him in Team Sky. We’ve a well-known stance on anti-doping and our action is the inevitable outcome of a violation.

The UCI, in a statement, had revealed that it confirms receipt of the United Kingdom National Anti-Doping Panel’s decision on the Jonathan Tiernan-Locke case. It added that a two-year ban was imposed on the rider as a result of his anti-doping rule violation based on his Athlete Biological Passport and he is declared ineligible until December 31, 2015 and disqualified from the 2012 Tour of Britain and the 2012 UCI Road World Championships, competitions during which abnormalities were clearly identified.

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Friday 26, Sep 2014

  UCI Leads World Sports In Anti-Doping

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The UCI president Brian Cookson has remarked cycling is leading the way in which global sports are fighting against doping. Cookson made this remark as he reflected on his first year as head of the world governing body of cycling.

Cookson has managed to bring back a significant portion of cycling’s respect after revelations by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong who claimed the controversial Pat McQuaid overlooked doping practices. Cookson remarked he believes cycling has made a lot of progress already after it lost the confidence of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. The UCI President added one of the first things we have done is to establish a very good relationship with WADA and added we have gone out of our way to rebuild relations with them, and to reshape our anti-doping practices in accordance with their rules.

Brian Cookson added we have had an independent audit on our anti-doping program, which has put forward recommendations we are in the process of fulfilling. He remarked we have completed the process of making the Cycling Anti-doping Foundation operational without any of the UCI Management Committee involved and also said so we have been working very hard towards the things we set out to do. The UCI chief as far as the fight against doping goes and he believes the key phrase is ‘eternal vigilance’. Cookson said we are now the leading sport in terms of anti-doping and added he does not know of any other sport that has thrown itself open to this amount of external scrutiny.

Cookson also remarked that keeping doping out of cycling is a critical part of keeping cycling alive. The UCI chief said it is always his intention to make clear the moral and ethical case against doping and added while we are talking about that, there is also an economic driver here. He also said media, sponsors, fans and the public don’t want to be involved in a sport where doping is a big problem and remarked we saw a clear example of this in 2008 when the German media pulled out of covering cycling at professional level and remarked at one time there were three top pro teams in Germany – at the moment there are none.

Doping scandals have engulfed other sports in the last few months. Late last year, Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray criticized Serbia’s Viktor Troicki and Croatian player Marin Cilic and termed their doping offences as “unprofessional.” It was claimed by Troicki that he was feeling unwell and the doping control officer said to him that he would be able to provide the blood sample the following day that was denied by the official concerned. Cilic blamed his positive test on glucose tablets purchased by his mother at a pharmacy in Monte Carlo.  Troicki received a suspension of 12 months for failing to provide a blood sample while Cilic was banned for nine months after he tested positive for the banned supplement, Nikethamide. The ban imposed on Cilic was reduced to four months and he went on to win the recently-concluded US Open.

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Thursday 07, Aug 2014

  UCI Chief Wants Vinokourov And Riis To Testify

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Brian Cookson, the UCI president, has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis to testify before the independent commission on the doping history of cycling. Cookson urged Riis and Vinokourov, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de France, to make this effort to help the sport move from its disgraced past.

At the Tour de France finish in Paris, Cookson said he would like both of them to come to the commission. The UCI head remarked the commission doesn’t have powers of subpoena, but there is a court of public opinion here which is really important and those two people and others as well need to bear that in mind if they want to continue to operate in our world, opinion in the world of cycling would be much more favorable towards them if they came forward.

Cookson said he believes the cycling’s independent commission could help in the process of rebuilding within the sport. The UCI President said we have got a rule that says if you have got a major anti-doping violation you can’t be involved with a team, but our advice is that it’s difficult to employ that retroactively. He added so what he wants to try to do is find ways in which we can reassure people that the people who are involved in the sport who may have had a history have renounced that and given a commitment to work with us in a way that respects the rules, and is clean. Cookson added such and such a guy may have done wrong things but he was penalized for that, served his sanction and he has also spoken to the commission and told them about what happened. He went on to add that it is unrealistic to say we have to wipe out those people forever and ever and remarked there are teams that have tried that – his friends at Team Sky – and they have tied themselves in knots and other teams have tried other ways and found other complications.

Brian Cookson remarked he would not favor compelling former dopers who want to work within cycling to first testify to the commission. Cookson said he would rather want that it was by consent rather than compulsion and those people can come forward now. The UCI chief also said he would like to appeal to those people to show good faith at least and he expects them to come forward to the commission, to tell what happened, how it happened, and why it happened.

   The UCI President said he is “delighted” that Lance Armstrong has testified to the commission and remarked that it underlines that people are coming forward, people of significance, and that should encourage others to step forward because what we want to do is learn some lessons, take some action and address this situation of people who’ve been involved in doping being involved with teams.

In 2007, Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping but now is in charge of the Tour de France winner’s Astana squad. Riis, in charge of Tinkoff-Saxo, admitted to using erythropoietin to win the 1996 Tour. Riis was initially expunged from the record but subsequently reinstated.

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Saturday 26, Jul 2014

  Lance Armstrong Met Cycling Doping Panel

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ance Armstrong Met Cycling Doping Panel

Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, talked for several hours with cycling investigators about doping in cycling.

Armstrong attorney Elliot Peters disclosed that Armstrong set up the meeting and provided answers for questions for seven hours on May 22. Peters remarked they asked him about everything and remarked if you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered.

The investigation is believed to be centered upon involvement of UCI, the world governing body of cycling, with doping, especially its links with Armstrong. The willingness of Lance Armstrong to meet with investigators is seen as critical to their efforts for determining whether former UCI officials aided his doping to help Armstrong became cycling’s biggest star.

In an interview, Armstrong claimed that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen helped him cover up doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Verbruggen vehemently denied such allegations and Armstrong has denied he paid anyone or any organization to hide his doping.

Peters remarked Armstrong had a meeting with three people “running” the Cycling Independent Reform Commission and their attorney. The commission is chaired by Dick Marty, a Swiss politician and former Swiss state prosecutor and other members of the panel are Peter Nicholson, a former Australian military officer and war crimes investigator, and German anti-doping expert Ulrich Haas.

In the past, UCI President Brian Cookson has said the lifetime ban on Armstrong may be reduced if the disgraced cyclist offers information which assists other doping investigations. The Cycling Independent Reform Commission’s panel has the authority to cut deals with cheaters who offer valuable information. Peters however remarked the cyclist did not ask for and was not offered such a deal in exchange for meeting with the group. He said there is no agreement and that was never discussed and we never asked for one. Peters added we do think the ban was unfairly harsh and should be reduced and Armstrong is talking in the spirit of not trying to benefit by getting somebody else in trouble, but in the spirit of let us tell the truth.

Lance Armstrong is in danger of losing all of his money after being involved in legal wrangling with the United States government that claims the cyclist owes them restitution. The US government wants to get back around $40 million as it funded Armstrong’s Postal Service team. Armstrong stands to lose $12 million in a separate lawsuit in Texas in addition to the federal case. In a decision last month, Judge Robert Wilkins ruled the Postal Service clearly could have sought restitution — repayment of the sponsorship fees — as a remedy and added the Court holds that the plaintiffs have sufficiently pled that the defendants owed an obligation to pay money to the government due to the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements as a result of the riders’ doping.

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Thursday 10, Jul 2014

  UCI Efforts To Stamp Out Doping Applauded By IOC

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Anti-doping efforts initiated by UCI, the world governing body of cycling, have impressed the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

The IOC remarked Brian Cookson, the UCI president, and other UCI officials met Bach in Lausanne and briefed him on measures for protecting clean athletes and the integrity of the sport of cycling. Bach remarked the efforts of UCI to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping were indeed impressive.

Bach spoke positively of the progress being made by the UCI after having a meeting with the UCI President, UCI director-general Martin Gibbs, and IOC counterpart Christophe De Kepper in Lausanne. Bach remarked the UCI informed me of all the measures they are taking to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping and added these efforts are indeed impressive. The International Olympic Committee President added it was great to see all the stakeholders equally committed to the fight for clean athletes and remarked we also discussed the UCI’s contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, which will be looked at in even greater detail by Working Groups, and we are thankful for their input.

Cookson thanked Bach for a positive discussion covering a range of issues and said it was very useful to talk with him on the Olympic Agenda 2020 review and, in particular, discuss how cycling can play its role in those plans. Cookson also said among other things we believe cycling can be a big part of the IOC’s sustainability and legacy work by helping bid cities transform themselves into places where cycling is a preferred way of getting around, making those cities better places to exercise, live and work.

The election manifesto of Cookson comprised primarily of adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to doping in cycling to combat problems in the sport. After defeating Pat McQuaid to become the UCI President last September, Brian Cookson decided to establish an independent audit for looking into the approach of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The audit recommended “urgent” improvements to the anti-doping practices of the world governing body of cycling. It recommended that the possibilities for advance-testing should be eliminated and a Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee should be established.

The audit team added that risk assessment should be regularized and documented as per the International Standard for Testing and communication between the CADF and LADS relating to results management should be clarified and formalized. It also remarked that UCI and Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) rules and procedures should be altered to align them with the revised World Anti-Doping Code. CADF looks after anti-doping for the UCI.

The audit team included Anne Cappelen, director of systems and results management at Anti-Doping Norway and Marjorit Nurmi, quality manager at the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency. After this audit, Cookson remarked he was pleased that the audit found that the Biological Passport program is outstanding and that results management is excellent and had remarked that the UCI will now make the necessary changes to policies, structures, and procedures in order to further improve the program and ensure compliance with the 2015 WADA code.

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Wednesday 12, Mar 2014

  Chris Froome Backs Doping Inquiry

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Chris Froome Backs Doping Inquiry

In an interview, the reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he backs an inquiry into cycling’s dirty past.

The Team Sky rider said he supports the UCI-sanctioned inquiry into the dirty laundry of cycling. Froome remarked he hopes that anyone who does have anything to contribute would get involved and added he believes that at the end of the day people will be able to say of it and put everything bad about the past behind and stop asking questions about it.

Froome added the current generation of cyclists has an equally arduous task ahead of them to prove to the world that they are riding clean. He remarked it is a challenge for the new generation of cyclists to be able to show people that the sport really has turned around — and that doping is not something that’s done any more. He also said the pressure falls on us now and it is our burden but it does fall on us to tell people that the sport is no longer how it used to be.

A few months back, the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was created by the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) — Brian Cookson — with the vision of investigating both historic doping in cycling and allegations that the world governing body of cycling had been involved in previous wrongdoing.

Cookson said at that time we can all agree that the Lance Armstrong affair has done immense damage to our sport and added Armstrong wants to be first through the door when the Commission is up and running and he as the UCI President urge him and anyone else to participate.

Froome also said he would not be participating in the Milano-Sanremo as originally planned after organizers were forced to remove the Pompeiana climb due to poor road conditions. Milano-Sanremo takes place March 23.

Team Sky officials revealed that Froome will not be racing Milan-Sanremo because of the change of course and will instead be racing Volta a Catalunya (March 23-29) following Tirreno-Adriatico (March 12-18). Recently, many teams are juggling their rosters for Milano-Sanremo after it was announced that Pompeiana climb’s introduction would be delayed until 2015. Sandwiched between the Cipressa and Poggio, the climb, tilted the race toward climbers and away from sprinters.

Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) both have changed their schedules to start the longest classic of the season while others decided not to change their plans. Cavendish will also contest Gent-Wevelgem, Driedaagse van De Panne (Three Day s of De Panne), and Scheldeprijs. According to Giant-Shimano officials, John Degenkolb remains the team’s captain for the Italian classic and Marcel Kittel will not start.

In a press release, Omega Pharma sport and development manager Rolf Aldag said uncertainty about the route of the Sanremo left Mark’s program open until just a few days ago and therefore, after Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico races, Mark will be in the starting lineup for the Milano-Sanremo. Cavendish said he is very happy to be riding in Milano-Sanremo, on the same route where he watched his heroes’ race and win when he was a kid. Cavendish added it will be fun and stimulating to ride on this route, which is making this race the only classics monument for the sprinters.

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Monday 24, Feb 2014

  UCI Instructs WCC Athletes Not To Consume Meat Due To Clenbuterol Risk

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UCI president Brian Cookson has issued a warning about the risks of accidental positives in China and Mexico to all the national federations. Cookson issued this warning in wake of the positive tests for Clenbuterol, a drug for treating asthma that is used by athletes to lose body fat, concerning Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers and Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne.

In a letter, Cookson referred to the status of the drug as an anabolic agent on the WADA’s banned list that incurs a provisional suspension if a positive A test happens. Cookson however accepted that there is the possibility of accidental positives in China and Mexico. Cookson wrote that it is widely acknowledged that there is a risk of meat contaminated with Clenbuterol leading to a positive sample in an athlete and the World Anti-Doping Agency has specifically drawn attention to this problem in China and Mexico.

Cookson also remarked that athletes who are under our care at the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland, as a consequence, have been told that they should not eat meat in these countries.

Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne was competing in the Tour of Taihu when he tested positive for Clenbuterol, while the positive test of Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers occurred at the Japan Cup, days after he finished the Tour of Beijing. Rogers has insisted that he never knowingly consumed the drug and Breyne said the same. Breyne tried to attempt suicide in December after being immensely pressurized by the positive test for Clenbuterol but has recovered now. After Rogers’ positive test, Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen remarked that the UCI has to take up some responsibility for any positive tests to Clenbuterol in China.

UCI spokesman Louis Chenaille, when asked if Cookson’s statement could have an impact on the disciplinary hearings by the national federations of Breyne and Rogers, said that the governing body of cycling would not be the one making the decisions in the cases. Chenaille remarked this is not a matter of us and it is for the national federations and the anti doping bodies and added we want to be professional in that we wish to alert the national federations about the risks in some countries.

The UCI spokesman added that the cycling’s governing body had information discussions with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the authorities in China in order to make sure that everyone was on the same level as regards the issue. Chenaille also remarked that the Tour of Beijing organizers, the UCI, the local authorities and the teams have been discussing the issue of food safety since the first edition of the race in 2011. He also said that measures put in place as a result of these discussions include the employment by the organizers of a dedicated cook to supervise food in all the hotels which house the riders during the race and the UCI will be discussing this issue with all parties concerned, particularly with WADA, to see if there are improvements which can be made to the current regulatory structure and the arrangements in place at the race.

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