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Thursday 04, Jul 2013

  Enough Is Enough, Riders Say About Doping

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Enough Is Enough, Riders Say About Doping

On the eve of this year’s Tour de France, riders protested angrily against the burden of suspicion they have been forced to carry because of the doping practices by the previous generation.

In a statement, the riders said it is degrading to be dragged through the mud and be run down by some who look to make money on our backs. The statement was issued after Lance Armstrong was quoted by Le Monde newspaper as saying it was impossible to win the Tour de France without doping.

The cyclist, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling, also said he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour victories. He added that his life has been ruined by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation and said the USADA investigation did not paint a faithful picture of cycling from the end of the 1980s to today. He added that all the investigation did was to destroying one man’s life that did not benefit cycling at all.

A few weeks ago, sports daily L’Equipe said a urine sample from Frenchman Laurent Jalabert in 1998 showed traces of EPO, the banned blood-booster, when it was re-tested in 2004. The rider issued a statement in response to the publication, “Enough is enough!!!!!!,” and added today the limits of the bearable have been reached and we have for many years shown our will to work for a flawless fight against doping. Jalabert also remarked if there was a culture of doping in the 1990s, in the past 15 years our sport has been fighting alone against the plague of doping. He added that we are professional bike riders and we are proud of that but do not treat us like sub-citizens as you have been doing for too long.

In another development, Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters said cycling was cleaning up its act and the science points to a trend that racing is cleaner, that it is possible to win the Tour de France clean. Vaughters said cycling cannot let its guard down and we should gather information from the past to find a way to correct those mistakes the next time around.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme backed the complaints of the riders and said almost every year a doping-related story breaks days before the Tour and remarked the Tour is a unique opportunity for some to communicate their message. Prudhomme said he can appreciate that some agendas have nothing to do with cycling but 14 times in the last 15 years, it cannot be a coincidence.

A former doper turned anti-doping campaigner, Garmin-Sharp rider David Millar, remarked it was important cycling learned from previous mistakes. The former Armstrong teammate said what needs to change is that we need complete truth and transparency into what happened in the 15-year era of the 1990s and early 2000s so we can understand what mistakes were made and we can make sure those mistakes do not happen again. He added this is because he thinks racing has cleaned up a lot, and he believes the Tour de France can be won clean.

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Sunday 02, Dec 2012

  Whistleblowers Deserve Lenient Treatment

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Whistleblowers Deserve Lenient Treatment

David Millar, who was given a ban of two years for doping in 2004, has defended the lenient treatment of the 11 whistleblowers and former drug cheats who have helped expose seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong.

The likes of George Hincapie, Michael Barry, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, and Tom Danielson enjoyed high profile and profitable careers before they admitted to making use of performance enhancing drugs alongside Armstrong and the United States Anti-Doping Agency reduced the sanctions on them and others who have testified against the cyclist by banning them just for six months. While Hincapie and Barry hardly felt it as they were always going to retire at the end of 2012 anyway, the ban on others will run largely through the off-season. One of the most trusted lieutenants of Armstrong, Hincapie, was allowed to complete his career and led the peloton down the Champs Elysees on the final day of the Tour de France after giving evidence early this year.

Britain’s Roger Hammond, Armstrong’s former Discovery Channel teammate, is of the view that the penalties imposed on the whistleblowers are too lenient and was surprised to know why these riders are only being given a six-month winter ban and wondered how can things be made right for drug cheats who lie about it for many years and then decide to drop somebody else in it and claim everything is all right. Hammond said the drug cheats who testified against Armstrong should be given the same ban as Lance Armstrong as they also cheated and took the risk and said he was really sorry for clean cyclist who never made the professional ranks because they were competing against dopers.

On the other hand, Millar said that there has to be something motivating for those who want to tell the truth and contribute to the cleaning of the game and the only this could have been done was by demonstrating leniency and said he was against total amnesty as there should be a punishment and consequence to some extent. Millar further added that there was never going to be a perfect way to bring resolution but this is as close as we could get.

He however said there should be no such leniency for the former president of the UCI Hein Verbruggen, now the honorary president, who oversaw the world governing body and its drug-testing program. Millar insisted that the first step for the governing body of cycling is to get Verbruggen removed and the current president, Pat McQuaid, has to distance himself as it was under the presidency of Verbruggen that it was at its worst and yet there were all these denials coming from the UCI and remarked that Verbruggen was at the head of the organization with the biggest doping problem in the history of the sport. Millar said he is looking to the future and teams like Team Garmin are one of the best teams that have forced the sport and the media to have a different view of things so that all can hold their heads high.

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Monday 07, Mar 2011

  Millar cleared in Cofidis doping case

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Millar cleared in Cofidis doping caseDavid Millar was acquitted by the presiding judge of the court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre from doping charges in the case dating back to 2004 involving his team, Cofidis.

Ghislaine Polge, the judge, remarked that it could not be established whether or not Millar had used banned substances on French soil.

Judge added: “They could not have been unaware of the notorious phenomenon of doping or its widespread nature.”

Friday 04, Mar 2011

  Millar thanks Scotland team for showing faith in him

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Millar thanks Scotland team for showing faith in himScottish cyclist David Millar, banned for two years in 2004 for using the blood booster erythropoietin, won the Commonwealth games gold in the men’s time trial.

Millar was given special dispensation to compete at these Games by the Scottish authorities since he was not eligible to ride for Britain at the Olympics.

Millar won in 47min 18.66sec, 54.82 seconds ahead of Alex Dowsett of England.