Doping is once again at the top of cycling news headlines this week after the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) anti-doping report and the positive EPO test of French rider Lloyd Mondory.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to come up with measures that they would introduce to help the fight against doping in professional cycling, and here are a selection of answers.
Agree with them, or disagree? Got your own idea? Let us know in the comment box below.
Make whistleblowing a commonplace thing to do. Young, impressionable cyclists should feel safe and be encouraged to speak out immediately if their team is steering them in this direction. Especially against the doctors who know what they are doing is unsafe, irresponsible and unethical.
Life bans, removal of team licences where doping keeps arising, fast-track disciplinary process, reduce Grand Tours to a max of 14 days. Reduce stage lengths to a max of 200 kilometres. No convicted dopers to be allowed to coach or manage at any level. A review of UCI personnel to ascertain their fitness for purpose!
There needs to be self-sustaining system within the sport where teams can demand tests of other team’s riders. More of a peer system, in many ways similar to motor racing where teams can demand inspection and testing where rule infringement is thought to have taken place.
Put Lance in charge of doping control
Oh, that’s an easy one. Run two races concurrently: same course, same everything. This costs nothing. Racers carrying a red number are unlimited in what they use as performance aids and are never tested. Racers with white background numbers are those complying with their licence contract and conditions of employment. Problem solved.
I’m past caring. Cheating/throwing results is rife in all sports (and business) where cash is involved. These days there is too much marginal gains science, which gets in the way of true grit and determination.
Richard J D Wheatcroft
Let them all dope as much as they like and let them have at it. And when a cyclist dies, charge the team with murder or culpable homicide. A life ban would be a way of actually saving their lives if you think about it.
Donald Bruce O’Connor
Testing needs to start before races. You need to be clean to start. Testing undertaken at the start of every day, for all racers. If you test positive, then you don’t race and there’s an investigation. If deliberate doping found, then immediate four-year ban and team has UCI inspection team checking every aspect of training etc. If two team members are found doping in one year, the team is thrown out of competition for two years, and the team management gets a five-year ban.