UCI confirms transfer of anti-doping duties to ITA in 2021

BERLIN GERMANY MARCH 01 David Lappartient president UCI looks on during day 5 of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships Berlin at Velodrom on March 01 2020 in Berlin Germany Photo by Maja HitijGetty Images
UCI President David Lappartient (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The UCI announced on Friday that its Management Committee has agreed to shift anti-doping activities away from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation – the sport's independent anti-doping wing since 2008 – to the International Testing Agency, a multi-sport independent group established in 2018.

The UCI first investigated the shift after Operation Aderlass – an Austrian investigation that resulted in six top riders being sanctioned – highlighted the ongoing doping problem in professional cycling. The UCI wrote that the "Aderlass investigation shows one more time that doping knows no boundaries, neither between sports nor countries" whilst announcing a proposed collaboration with ITA.

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