Oscar Pereiro

The President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Pat McQuaid wrote to Oscar Pereiro on Monday (Jan 22), criticising his attitude towards the French Agency for the Fight against Doping (AFLD). However the UCI also claims to have contacted the AFLD to ask them not to ?out? a rider just because of an administrative fault.

Traces of Salbutamol were twice found in urine samples given by the Caisse d?Epargne rider during last year?s Tour de France, in which he finished second. Pereiro is authorised to use medication (which contains Salbutamol) to treat asthma, but he failed to provide a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) form, and repeatedly ignored further requests from the AFLD to provide it.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.