Bad blood

AT last the UCI have backed the United States Anti-Doping Agency by banning Lance Armstrong. “Armstrong has no place in cycling,” said UCI president Pat McQuaid.

‘He deserves to be forgotten.” If only it was that easy. Armstrong’s selfish actions will have long and lasting repercussions for our sport. We’ll be dealing with his mess for many years to come.

Bradley Wiggins says he has no sympathy for bike racing’s worst ever cheat. “My main concern is that I’m the winner of the Tour de France having to pick up the pieces for other people.”

Why should Bradley have to apologise for something he didn’t do? Britain’s best ever roadie did things the hard way and won clean but now he has to answer for the cheats who doped their way to victory. It’s not fair but unfortunately it is inevitable that fans will be pretty sceptical thanks to Lance.

“It is understandable now for people to look at any results in cycling and question them,’ says Sky team boss Dave Brailsford.

“What we want to work towards is a future where there is no doubt, so that when someone moves performance forward nobody questions it.” That’s why Michael Barry’s confession to doping in the USADA report is particularly embarrassing to Team Sky with their zero-tolerance doping policy.

Following his Tour win and Olympic gold, Wiggins was favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Has his success been tarnished by Armstrong’s legacy? This public vote will be the acid test. I’ll be backing Bradley, will you? 
This article was first published in the October 25 issue of Cycling Weekly. You can also read our magazines on Zinio and download from the Apple store.