Newspapers issue joint manifesto calling for pro cycling reform

George Hincapie and Lance Armstrong, Tour de France 2003

Newspapers from London to Italy printed a joint manifesto on Saturday calling for reforms in cycling. The Times of London, L'Equipe, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Het Nieuwsblad and Le Soir said they are "alarmed and deeply concerned by the grave situation facing this sport - and potentially all sports - in the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong affair."

They wrote that Armstrong affair highlighted how "deeply dysfunctional" cycling has become and the "impotence and complicity" of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). They further expressed their concerns with the Padua investigation nearing its end and the Operación Puerto trials beginning in January.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.