‘We need evolution, not revolution, in anti-doping’

Expert opinion: Professor Yannis Pitsiladis from the University of Brighton is developing anti-doping tests using genetics-based technology

Yannis Pitsiladis in the lab. Photo: Chris Catchpole

Dr Paul Dimeo’s call for a ‘rethink’ in anti-doping, by implication, dismisses much of the progress achieved since the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 1999.

Dimeo and some other academics seem to advocate radical new solutions because of the failure of the current system to work effectively.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.