Saxo Bank ditches anti-doping programme

Bjarne Riis

The Saxo Bank team owned and managed by former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis has announced that it is to end its independent anti-doping programme run by Dr Ramsus Damsgaard.

The Danish team cites the Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) 'biological passport' scheme as the reason - saying that tests were being unnecessarily duplicated.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.