Brian Cookson renews calls for UCI investigation after 1998 Tour positives

Brian Cookson

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) presidential candidate Brian Cookson has underlined his intent to create an investigation into allegations of corruption and collusion in the organisation after a French Senate Commission published a report on Wednesday naming riders who tested positive for EPO during the 1998 Tour de France.

Both the 1998 Tour winner, Marco Pantani, and runner-up, Jan Ullrich, tested positive for banned blood booster EPO when their stored urine samples were retroactively tested in 2004. Many other riders in the 1998 Tour also tested positive, and others' samples showed 'suspicious' values that could indicate use of EPO.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.