Only 5% of anti-doping tests carried out due to lockdown

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UCI president David Lappartient has revealed that the COVID-19 global pandemic has sparked a 95 per cent drop in the number of anti-doping controls carried out in the sport in recent weeks.

A number of high-profile rider have lamented the lack of control, with Romain Bardet recently saying it's been "an eternity" since the last time he was tested. Thibaut Pinot revealed he has not been tested since October, while Tom Dumoulin said there hasn't been a knock on the door "in months".

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.