‘I haven’t been tested at all in recent months’: Pros raise concerns over anti-doping during coronavirus crisis

Star riders like Thibaut Pinot and Tom Dumoulin fear anti-doping efforts are being affected by the lockdown

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An unseen consequence of the coronavirus lockdown is the impact on the anti-doping effort in professional cycling.

With riders around the world quarantined in their homes and travel bans imposed across a number of nations, authorities are unable to carry out testing in their usual way, sparking concerns that clear sport could be taking a hit during the global crisis.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.