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Monday 03, Oct 2016

  Doping Progress Hailed By Tour De France Chief

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Christian Prudhomme, the general director of the Tour de France since 2007, has remarked anti-doping measures in the recent past have significantly changed image of cycling. Prudhomme said he believes that doping in cycling is under control and that all the measures that have been taken should be enough.

The Frenchman added cycling is no longer the principal sport to provide news on the use of illegal substances.  Long associated with systematic doping, cycling has been spared such close scrutiny during recent affairs that have plagued athletics, football, and the International Olympic Committee.

Till few years back, cycling was in all kinds of controversies ever since the Lance Armstrong doping scandal broke out. The disgraced cyclist, who was denied doping throughout his illustrious career, finally admitted to making use of banned substances and techniques such as blood doping, testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormone during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prudhomme also commented there is no longer a feeling in the sport that change is necessary and said you don’t see champions who come from nowhere any more. The former French journalist the absence of champions coming “out of nowhere” and the believable and mappable progress of young riders has done the job for cycling. Prudhomme said the likes of Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves have a pedigree, they shone on the Tour de l’Avenir and it is reassuring.

The Tour de l’Avenir is the most prestigious under-23 race in the world and both Chaves and Quintana – who have finished on the podiums of the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana over the last few years – performed very well in their youth. The Tour de France chief also commented that the change in communication with the sport has been a huge factor in the progress he has seen. Prudhomme said cycling was seen as a closed sport until recently but it is not anymore and people talk. Prudhomme went on to comment that cycling has been cleaning up its act and added it was not easy but it has been cleaning up its act. He also said we want sport to be perfect, while society will never be and also said society is not full of saints or full of crooks. Prudhomme also said all the cheats and the liars on this earth did not gather up one day to decide they would be taking up cycling.

Prudhomme took charge of the Tour de France by inheriting the mantel of his predecessor, Jean-Marie Leblanc, in 2006, the year of the Operación Puerto doping scandal. Prudhomme has overseen doping scandals in 2007, 2008, and 2010 but admitted revelations about mechanical doping earlier this year was something he was not prepared for. The Frenchman called mechanical doping the “biggest challenge facing cycling.” The Tour de France director said he was scared eight days before the Tour of the rumors would mar the race but was relieved after the secretary of state announced the use of thermal imaging cameras to help locate any motors being used in the peloton.

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Wednesday 28, Jan 2015

  Former Team Sky Doctor Given Life Ban

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has imposed life ban on former Rabobank cycling team doctor and board member Geert Leinders, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (Doping autoriteit).

The Belgian physician was banned for his involvement in supply of performance enhancing drugs to riders. The investigation of Leinders started with the discovery of evidence by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 during the course of its investigation of doping in cycling.

A three-member panel of the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport made the decision to ban Leinders, according to USADA. The panel agreed with the charges that the charges that the alleged doping offenses involved aggravating circumstances to justify a lifetime period of ineligibility. It was found by the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel that the physician administered banned performance enhancing drugs and methods, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, LH, and corticosteroids without any legitimate medical need to athletes under his care.

In a statement, Travis T. Tygart, head of USADA, said it shocks the conscience that a board member and team doctor would abuse his trusted position by overseeing and participating in this type of dangerous and fraudulent activity. Tygart also added that ridding those in the system who attempt to justify doping as a means to an end is the only way to truly clean up cycling for current and future generations of athletes.

Leinders was the team doctor in 2007 with Rabobank when Michael Rasmussen was expelled from the Tour de France for evading doping controls in buildup to the race. In 2009, Geert Leinders left Rabobank and later worked for some riders from Team Sky.

Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD) director Lone Hansen said in a statement that Rasmussen cooperated and testified in the case. Hansen added athlete eyewitness testimony can play an important and powerful role in the investigative process, and in this case, Michael Rasmussen’s cooperation and testimony was integral to the outcome. The ADD Director added this case was an important opportunity for ADD to collaborate with our partners at USADA and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands to pursue a level playing field in cycling, and we know that continued global collaboration is the only way to provide a level playing field for all athletes in all sports.

Herman Ram, Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands, said this case demonstrates that intelligence gathering and investigations in close cooperation between independent anti-doping organizations can lead to the prosecution and sanctioning of not only athletes but also – and more importantly – of athlete support personnel. The Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands also remarked we appreciate the collaborative work done on this case, and we will continue our efforts to bring to light the full truth about the culture of doping.

The physician is prohibited from training or advising athletes and participating at any event sanctioned by USA Cycling, the International Cycling Union, or any other sports agency that follows the World Anti-Doping Agency codes.

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Tuesday 05, Aug 2014

  WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

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WADA President Comments On Doping In Tennis And Football

Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA since January 2014, recently expressed his opinion on the fight against doping in the future.

Reedie, the former Chairman of the British Olympic Association, remarked sport in the main, and certainly elite sport in the main, is believed and trusted by spectators. The WADA President remarked he does not think anyone could have watched the recent World Cup without realizing that that was real and well organized. He added if you look back to the London Olympic Games, he thinks Olympic sports came out of London in as good a position as it has been for years and there has been very little doping activity in either of these two events.

Reedie, a member of the Order of the British Empire, is still a serving representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Recently, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak admitted that there is an urgent need to change detection strategies in football. WADA recommends blood testing figure should be 10 percent while just over 2 per cent of doping controls in football are done via blood testing. Reedie remarked he discussed this with Jiri Dvorak when he was in Rio for the FIFA Congress. He remarked FIFA tests at its own events which would be the World Cup and the Confederations Cup and almost all the other tests are done by national football associations. The WADA chief also said so FIFA are encouraging them to be more proactive in what they do and also remarked secondly, in this World Cup, they pre-tested every player before they came to Rio and that’s a good thing. He also commented that they’re also developing a blood passport program and that one needs to be developed a little further than simply the players who went to Rio.

Reedie, while commenting on doping control in tennis, Reedie said where he knows tennis has been criticized is comments made by some of the very senior players, who actually say ‘we want more’ and added he is pretty confident that the testing program that they operate is effective for the sport and is run by people who take the challenge seriously.

Reedie also remarked he believes the world governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking doping in cycling seriously in comparison to the Lance Armstrong era. During last year’s Tour, there were no positive tests and this year’s Tour de France has been largely free of the doping stains. The WADA President said it is good to know that cycling has finally decided to come clean with anti-doping unit of the UCI made independent. He explained that there have been past evidence of a new Erythropoietin (EPO) which is called Continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA) and remarked we knew about that and the information came from the pharmaceutical industry. He added a test was developed and we didn’t tell anybody and some cyclists tested positive for CERA. On the subject of bans, Reedie said he believes sanctions have to be proportionate, with life bans potentially subject to challenge in the court.

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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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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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Sunday 29, Sep 2013

  No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

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No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

Anti-doping researcher Dr Michael Ashenden has defended cyclists and said they are afraid to tell the truth about doping.

Ashenden added there are more skeletons in the closet and remarked there is no question cyclists are afraid to tell the truth about what has happened both in the past and what’s continuing to happen today. The anti-doping researcher, who was behind the highly successful blood passport system with the International Cycling Union (UCI), said he is in touch with cyclists who have told him things that he is not able to take to the authorities because they (cyclists) won’t put their name to it. He went on to add that he would certainly pass the information anonymously to the authorities but unless there’s a name they can then go to corroborate that evidence, there’s nothing they can do.

The researcher added the issue of doping in cycling is bigger than the individuals who are found guilty and remarked it is not just about pulling out more cyclists and labeling them drug cheats. He said it is about asking them who was encouraging you or who was aware of this and was there any sort of structural flaws that need to be brought into the open. Ashenden said he believes that it’s the environment more than anything that has led to the problem we’ve got today.

Michael Ashenden and the UCI were clashing often in the last few months after the world governing body of cycling claimed Ashenden has an ‘astonishingly inaccurate knowledge’ of the system. UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani dismissed the anti-doping researcher’s assertion that he never had the opportunity to review Lance Armstrong’s profile. Carpani remarked Ashenden was the only one to have defined Armstrong’s profile as “normal” without making any other remarks, comments, or reservations and added the relevant documents are available for inspection by Dr Ashenden at any time should he wish to come and verify the truth of the above information.

Ashenden, replying to Carpani’s allegations, said given Armstrong’s blood results have been published and are public record, and given we now know that the anonymous code assigned to Armstrong’s results is BPT374F23, it may be possible for the remaining experts to check their own records to confirm whether they ever saw Armstrong’s suspicious results. He went on to add that he has checked his archives and cannot find any trace of the profile BPT374F23 having been sent to him again after May 2009. Ashenden concluded that whereas he had suspected this previously, it has now been confirmed that he was never asked to review the suspicious blood results of Lance Armstrong from the 2009 Tour de France.

President of Cycling Australia Klaus Mueller said he believed Australia led the way in terms of its anti-doping practices. He added there is no suggestion that the sort of conduct that we’re speaking about that’s happening overseas in the peloton, is happening over here and said he thinks we’ve got in place in Australia world’s best practices and that’s not to say that they can’t be made substantially better, but they are presently world’s best practices in relation to detecting and clamping down on dopers.

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Wednesday 17, Jul 2013

  Chris Froome Must Get Used To Answering Doping Questions, Says Holm

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Chris Froome Must Get Used To Answering Doping Questions, Says Holm

Chris Froome of Team Sky and other professional cycling stars must get used to batting away questions about doping as past controversies mean cycling deserves to be treated with suspicion, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Danish sporting director Brian Holm said.

On the Tour de France’s first rest day, Holm said people keep bringing it up because we deserve it, so you cannot be angry about being asked the question. He added that we have got a strong tradition for doping in cycling and we’ve been lying for so many years. The Danish sporting director, who himself admitted to doping while riding during the 1990s, made these comments after many doubted the extraordinary performance on Chris Froome and Team Sky at stage 8 in which the Team Sky rider produced the third-fastest time ever in the climb to the finish at Ax 3 Domaines in the Pyrénées.

Meanwhile, president of cycling’s global governing body said he thinks the riders deserve another thing than to be asked about doping as the first question when they show up in the press conference. Pat McQuaid remarked the first questions the riders had to answer were about doping and he thinks it is unfortunate. He added that the media have to understand the riders of today don’t deserve to be judged on the mistakes of their predecessors, of the riders of a generation of the past now and riders of today need to be respected for what they are trying to do, which is to race clean and race without a doping program.

Holm disagreed to the statements made by the UCI president and said if you ask me straight, I wouldn’t lie. He said he believes Froome is clean and he really thinks so, and he thinks Bradley Wiggins was clean when he won last year. Holm went on to add that if it’s not true it would break his heart and he can understand Chris Froome being a little annoyed at being asked the question, but we need to be open-minded and try not to let it get to us when these things happen.

Froome came to the 100th edition as the man to beat after he finished runner-up to teammate Bradley Wiggins last year in a dominant campaign by Team Sky. The rider said while replying to questions on doping that he is racing “100 percent” clean at the world’s biggest and most notorious bike race. He also remarked today’s peloton is racing far cleaner than those of five to 10 years ago and went on to say any of the results now are definitely a lot more credible and the question should be asked about people who were winning races maybe five, 10 years ago, when we know doping was a lot more prevalent. The Team sky rider also said it’s the unfortunate position we find ourselves in at the moment and added eyebrows are going to be raised, questions are going to be raised about our performances. The rider also remarked that he knows the sport has changed and there is absolutely no way that he would be able to get these results if it hadn’t changed.

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Monday 22, Apr 2013

  CONI Given Access To Mantua Files

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CONI Given Access To Mantua Files

Just a few days before the 2013 Giro d’Italia begins in Naples, the Italian national Olympic committee (CONI), is to be given access to evidence gathered by prosecutors as part of the Mantua investigation into doping in cycling. The doping scandal involves big names like Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego and the date for that hearing was fixed by preliminary hearing judge Gilberto Casari, who also permitted CONI to be joined to the case as a civil party.

The investigation is focused on a pharmacist based in Mariana Mantovana, Guido Nigrelli, and his relationship with the Lampre team, with a number of past and present riders and staff among those implicated. The judge’s authorization came after the session was suspended for 40 minutes while the judge considered lawyers’ requests. This incident is different from another probe that is being conducted from Padua and focuses on banned doctor Michele Ferrari and his alleged relationship with riders from a variety of teams.

Former world champion Ballan, who is currently recovering from a bad crash while training for the current season, and 2004 Giro d’Italia winner, Cunego, are among the 31 people said to be potentially facing charges as a result of the Mantua investigation. The list of suspects includes former Lampre team manager and Giro d’Italia and world championship winner Giuseppe Saronni, Danish ex-pro Michael Rasmussen who confessed to doping earlier this year, and current riders including Astana’s Simone Ponzi, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia’s Mauro Santambrogio, and Daniele Pietropolli, who is now in his fourth season with Lampre.

Alessandro Ballan, the Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI World Tour team BMC Racing Team, is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2008 and suffered a severe training crash during a descent as he was riding with his team in Spain. Ballan fractured his left femur, broke a rib and ruptured his spleen, which had to be removed and spent a little more than a week in intensive care. Damiano Cunego, the Italian professional road racing cyclist who rides for the Italian UCI ProTeam Lampre-Merida and his biggest wins are the 2004 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Amstel Gold Race, and the Giro di Lombardia in 2004, 2007, 2008. Cunego finished second in the UCI Road World Championships in 2008 and in the 2008 UCI ProTour. He, in 2008, won the Klasika Primavera and the Amstel Gold Race, with two powerful sprints against Alejandro Valverde and Fränk Schleck, with victory in the latter propelling him to the top of the UCI Pro Tour rankings.

The preliminary hearing into the case will consider whether formal charges should be brought against those who have been implicated or not, as well as whether evidence obtained by phone-taps should be admissible. It is not the first time that the Italian Olympic Committee has been involved in the investigation. Its anti-doping prosecutor, Ettore Torri, summoned some of the riders implicated, including Ballan, for interviews at his offices in Rome two years ago although he decided to take no further action pending a criminal trial taking place.

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Sunday 10, Feb 2013

  Lance Armstrong May Help USADA

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Lance Armstrong May Help USADA

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it has been in contact with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and offering him more time to decide if he wants to cooperate with the investigators and tell more about doping in cycling.

In a statement, USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement his group was “in communication” with Armstrong and his representatives and USADA understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling and must cooperate with its cleanup effort if his ban is to be reduced.

It was recently reported that the cyclist, who has been barred from Olympic sports for life, is in talks with USADA to possibly disclose who helped him dope and how he managed to cover up his doping for nearly a decade. Armstrong, according to sources, has expressed his desire to reveal those details to have his competition ban reduced to eight years. After the USADA deadline to reduce the ban got over, a two-week extension was given to him to come out all clean.

The goal of Lance Armstrong to come open and fully with information about his doping is to compete in triathlons and running events as most of these events are sanctioned by organizations that follow the World Anti-Doping Code, under which the disgraced cyclist is serving his lifetime ban. His ban could be reduced to eight years if he helps anti-doping officials to build cases against others under the current rules. His ban may further be reduced if Armstrong decides to offer incriminating information about sporting officials, including those at the International Cycling Union or USA Cycling but an exception to the rule would be required to be made by anti-doping and cycling officials in such a case.

Meanwhile, the banned cyclist has been sued over $12 million in Tour de France prize money after he admitted to using banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career and to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles. In a suit filed in Texas state court in Dallas, SCA Promotions Inc alleges Armstrong and his management company, Tailwind Sports, defrauded it into paying Armstrong $12.1 million in bonuses and interest for his 2002, 2003 and 2004 Tour de France wins by lying about the use of banned drugs by Lance Armstrong during those events. SCA Chief Executive Officer Robert Hamman said in a statement Armstrong cheated to win all of his Tour de France victories and we paid $12,120,000 to Tailwind Sports Inc as a result of Lance Armstrong’s unjustly achieved victories and related activities. He also added that SCA also suffered reputational damage and substantial loss of business. Armstrong attorney Mark Fabiani remarked that the agreement’s “plain words bars SCA from ever revisiting the settlement it entered into in 2006.”

In the recent past, two California men sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers last month for fraud and false advertising and claimed his best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after his confession to systematic doping.

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Saturday 08, Dec 2012

  Doping Was Not An Option For Malcolm Lange

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Doping Was Not An Option For Malcolm Lange

Former South African professional cyclist, Malcolm Lange, has remarked high levels of doping in cycling at an international level deterred him from competing in Europe.

Lange further remarked while speaking at the launch of his tell-all book “Is Winning Everything? Success as defined by cycling legend Malcolm Lange” that the sport has had a bad image with doping and that was one thing that deterred him from the sport. Owner of two successful racing teams known as Team Bonitas and Team RECM, Lange outsprinted seasoned professionals such as Willie Engelbrecht and Andrew McLean and is considered as one of the best every track cyclists.

The 39-year-old Lange said his refusal to make the use of performance enhancing drugs that were rife at the time led to him move home in 1996 to continue his cycling career. The cyclist remarked that the whole doping issue made him make the decision that he want to come back to South Africa and build cycling here and added that doping was always available and guys could easily get a hold of it. Lange, who won numerous South African road and track titles, including Cape Argus Cycle Tours, three Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenges and six MTN Amashova National Classics said he would have to adopt a win-at-all-costs approach, which meant putting his health and integrity at risk if he wanted to be chasing podium places consistently in Europe.

The South African cyclist is considered one of the country’s all-time cycling legends and has won virtually every local race at least once with over 400 major race victories during his 17-year career. Lange won the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and took second place in his final competitive Argus in 2011 and bagged the first place in Pick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge, Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, Tour de Soweto 2009, Central Gauteng Champs 2009, Century 21 Bela Bela Classic 2009, and Central Gauteng Road Championships 2009 besides bagging the second place in Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2011.

The cyclist further added that he had been unfairly criticized about his return, with his detractors making claims that the move was due to him being unable to compete in Europe and said he realized he was up against a system he had no control over when he turned professional for a Belgian team in 1996.

Lange holds the record for back-to-back wins at the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in 2000 and 2001 and said he believed there were many riders in South Africa who could continue to do well internationally without using banned substances. He went on to remark that the country has great talent, including Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, who’s been racing incredibly well in Europe and it shows you that we can produce great champions. Lange hoped doping would decrease with the improved testing standards by remarking testing is getting better and that’s why the guys are getting caught and the testing that cycling has is really brilliant and R10 from every book is going to Drug Free Sports to curb the problem we have in doping in all sports.

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