Is there now free rein on doping?

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UCI president David Lappartient’s recent admission that anti-doping tests within cycling had dropped by 95 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns was met with a sense of resignation rather that all-out surprise.

Few, if any, would argue that laboratory resources should not be diverted towards COVID-19 needs at present or that lockdown laws should be waved for the travel of athlete testers. However, the alarming news that anti-doping measures have been scaled back so dramatically are a cause for obvious concern, with experts raising questions over how anti-doping bodies can remain confident that drug cheating can be detected, and whether the capacity of five per cent of tests means there is free rein when it comes to doping.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.