A report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (Circ) has revealed claims that up to 90% of the peloton are still doping, despite the belief that the sport had improved its drug record, reports the BBC.
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The commission was set up last January to investigate the sport’s issues throughout the 1990s and 2000s, but has also got some revelations about the current crop of stars. ‘Respected’ professionals have claimed that between 20% to 90% of the current riders are using performance enhancing drugs. Micro-dosing is apparently widespread to get around current regulations, and there is also abuse of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions which one rider claimed 90% of were fraudulently used.
The report was run by chairman Dr. Dick Marty and vice chairs Professor Ulrich Haas and Peter Nicholson. International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson came in to power in the year before the commission started, and hasn’t hidden from the findings.
He said: “It is clear that in the past the UCI suffered severely from a lack of good governance with individuals taking crucial decisions alone. Many [of these decisions] undermined anti-doping efforts; put the UCI in an extraordinary position of proximity to certain riders; and wasted a lot of its time and resources in open conflict with organisations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).”