The present generation of cyclists is still paying for the transgressions of the previous, as Chris Froome experienced at 2015’s Tour de France. Clean riders are continuously having to ride out of the shadow of their doped predecessors and aren’t helped by unfounded rumours and insinuations.
That said, it’s unfortunate to find that although not as systematic as it once was, doping is still a problem in professional cycling and a small number of riders are still testing positive. What’s more, mechanical doping is now a real thing so the UCI has got its work cut out keeping the sport honest.
For those who did dope during their careers, admissions sometimes aren’t forthcoming and it is often only after the evidence becomes overwhelming that they finally admit to what they’ve done. Although the admissions themselves aren’t always in the finest detail.
It’s clear that cycling has suffered from illegal substance use and there is no doubt that there is still a way to go before the sport is fully clean (if that’s possible). However, cycling seemingly has more positive tests than other sports thanks to better and more prolific testing, not because it’s necessarily a dirtier sport.
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