Encyclopedia of doping in cycling

We know the names of performance-enhancing drugs, but what do they do? Here's CW's definitive guide

Doping syringe

Dr Chris S. Biggs details the three major drug groups to be found in the medicine cabinet of unscrupulous riders

We all know that many competitive cyclists use drugs to boost performance. With each major competition, pressures placed upon contenders, whether real or perceived, increase. Couple this with the enormous physiological and emotional demands of tough competition, and it is not difficult to see why generations of cyclists have succumbed to temptation and decided to use performance-enhancing substances.

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