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Doping is once again at the top of cycling news headlines this week after the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) anti-doping report and the positive EPO test of French rider Lloyd Mondory.

We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to come up with measures that they would introduce to help the fight against doping in professional cycling, and here are a selection of answers.

Agree with them, or disagree? Got your own idea? Let us know in the comment box below.


Make whistleblowing a commonplace thing to do. Young, impressionable cyclists should feel safe and be encouraged to speak out immediately if their team is steering them in this direction. Especially against the doctors who know what they are doing is unsafe, irresponsible and unethical.
Ben Osborne

Life bans, removal of team licences where doping keeps arising, fast-track disciplinary process, reduce Grand Tours to a max of 14 days. Reduce stage lengths to a max of 200 kilometres. No convicted dopers to be allowed to coach or manage at any level. A review of UCI personnel to ascertain their fitness for purpose!
Tony Freeth

There needs to be self-sustaining system within the sport where teams can demand tests of other team’s riders. More of a peer system, in many ways similar to motor racing where teams can demand inspection and testing where rule infringement is thought to have taken place.
Duncan Murdoch

Put Lance in charge of doping control
Tom Amos

Oh, that’s an easy one. Run two races concurrently: same course, same everything. This costs nothing. Racers carrying a red number are unlimited in what they use as performance aids and are never tested. Racers with white background numbers are those complying with their licence contract and conditions of employment. Problem solved.
David Chadderton

I’m past caring. Cheating/throwing results is rife in all sports (and business) where cash is involved. These days there is too much marginal gains science, which gets in the way of true grit and determination.
Richard J D Wheatcroft

Let them all dope as much as they like and let them have at it. And when a cyclist dies, charge the team with murder or culpable homicide. A life ban would be a way of actually saving their lives if you think about it.
Donald Bruce O’Connor

Testing needs to start before races. You need to be clean to start. Testing undertaken at the start of every day, for all racers. If you test positive, then you don’t race and there’s an investigation. If deliberate doping found, then immediate four-year ban and team has UCI inspection team checking every aspect of training etc. If two team members are found doping in one year, the team is thrown out of competition for two years, and the team management gets a five-year ban.
Edward Woods

  • MDB

    Retain samples and retest with updated methods. At the minute the doers only have to stay 1step ahead of the test method, if samples were retained and tested a number of years down the line it would eliminate the incentive to use the latest undetectable substance.
    If this was done it wouldn’t have taken until 2012 to catch out armstrong et al and we wouldn’t still be listening to liars like linford christie protesting that they were clean and got shafted by the system

  • Steve Kennedy

    Any team where a single member tests positive should lose their licence, the sponsors would leave, all your team-mates would lose their jobs and the team would disappear. This may sound harsh but it would create a situation where there is no chance that the team structure would in any way encourage, condone or support doping, in fact it would put a lot of effort into finding and dismissing dopers. Anyone testing positive would be signing their own death warrant as far as their careers are concerned as no other team would want to take the risk. Also they would be ostracised by their own peers as they were responsible for losing all their team mates their jobs. For too long teams have clandestinely encouraged doping because it is the individual cyclist who takes the rap, when one tests positive they look horrified, dismiss the rider, talk about how disappointed they are in him and then turn round and get on with encouraging others to do the same thing. The buck should stop at the top.

  • Anthony Bowles

    The mindset of seeking an advantage starts with the irresponsible advertising of so called supplements, be they gels, powders or so called ‘performance enhancing’ drinks. Once the seed is set the quest continues often to seek better longer lasting additives to a diet. Pros could help by laying great emphasis on the fact that talent and training is paramount and there are no shortcuts to clean competition.

  • Bertol

    Make the likelihood of being caught so high that no one in their right mind would try. That means mandatory retention periods on samples, no night time window and a sufficiently high number of tests to deter. Anti-doping should be on the statue books via an Act of Parliament and target all sports.