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World championships to go forward with additional antidoping controls

The host city of this year's UCI World Championships agreed to go forward with the race after the UCI agreed to impose additional antidoping controls. Stuttgart, which will host the championships from September 26-30, had come under increasing pressure from politicians who called for the additional measures following the high profile doping cases of this year's Tour de France.

Stuttgart's chief of sports Susanne Eisenmann told the Associated Press, "The controls are so all-encompassing that no one will dope and not be caught. This is a real chance for a new start."

The UCI agreed to carry out 200 controls before the championships and 150 during the event - more than doubling the number of controls, blood and urinary, carried out during previous years, and well in excess of the 60 controls which were planned originally.

Had the city not come to an agreement, it could have lost €3 million (US$4 million) of money it had already invested in the race.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.