Cycling

UCI, doping body strike deal

2013-04-29 16:58
Pat McQuaid (AFP)
Lausanne - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Monday that it has agreed to cooperate fully with the French anti-doping body at this year's Tour de France.

The two bodies had been at loggerheads since March's Paris-Nice race but have now found common ground ahead of the sport's glamour event.

"The UCI and the independent Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) have announced a continuation of their partnership with the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to conduct anti-doping tests at the major races held in France in 2013," said the UCI statement.

"The CADF and AFLD will combine resources and expertise to organise and provide anti-doping tests, including for the Criterium du Dauphine in June and the Tour de France in July."

The agreement marks a victory for the AFLD which had been fighting for total collaboration from the UCI since tensions arose during Paris-Nice.

The agreement covers the centenary Tour, which runs from June 29 to July 21, as well as all other races taking place in France.

"The UCI is determined to ensure that cycling is a clean sport. As such, we are extremely happy to be partnering with the AFLD," said UCI president Pat McQuaid.

"Together, we will ensure that today's young riders in the peloton are not tarnished by issues that took place years in the past.

"Cycling has a bright future and those who will define that future can be found among the current generation of riders who have chosen to prove that you can compete and win clean."

The agreement means AFLD will have complete access to riders' biological passports and their locations.

AFLD will also have the freedom to conduct unannounced tests.

French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron, who was heavily involved in the case, said in a statement to AFP that she was "delighted with this agreement".

"This is great news for the sport and great news for the Tour de France," she added. "This marks the first tangible progress in the fight against doping in cycling since the (Lance) Armstrong affair exploded."

In January, after years of denials, disgraced US rider Armstrong finally admitted to having doped throughout his career, in which he had won the Tour seven times before being stripped of those victories.

Read more on:    uci  |  tdf  |  pat mcquaid  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.