Testing times: Anti-doping reckons with the coronavirus crisis

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For Romain Bardet, it's been "an eternity" since the last time. "I'd prefer not to tell you when," he wrote in Le Monde last week. "A long time before the lockdown." For Thibaut Pinot, there's been nothing since October. For Tom Dumoulin, there hasn't been a knock on the door "in months".

The suspension of bike racing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic was mirrored by an interruption to regular out-of-competition doping controls. It could hardly have been otherwise, given the lockdowns, social distancing protocols and travel restrictions imposed around the world, while the services and expertise of many sample collectors have been required elsewhere to test for COVID-19.

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