UCI's president David Lappartient: Former dopers should stay away from cycling
Nov 15 2017 12:29 pm CET

UCI's president David Lappartient: Former dopers should stay away from cycling
UCI's president David Lappartient: Former dopers should stay away from cycling
Photo of David Lappartient © FFC

As part of his anti-doping fight, UCI's president David Lappartient has stated that any riders that have used performance enhancers should stay away from the sport.

The UCI president, in a talk with newspaper Luxemburger Wort, spoke about the role of former doping users still being involved in cycling like Alexander Vinokourov with Astana and Bjarne Riis starting a new team.

"There is no place for former dopers in the world of cycling," he said. "Something else is just hypocrite, we have to create one front. Cycling must be credible, otherwise, everything will be lost.

"There riders used doping in their time and are not welcome in the current cycling environment. They have caused an immense damage to the sport and now will have to live with the consequences."

Former rider Michael Rasmussen, who also admitted to using doping during his career, thinks these are empty words from Lappartient. "If he really believes it, he could have started cleaning up in France while he was the national federation president," he said to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. "He could have started by firing Marc Madiot (FDJ's team manager), who has confessed that he used doping.

"What about (Alberto) Contador and his development team? And (Alejandro) Valverde's team in Murcia? In cycling it is the same as in the society when people have served their time, they should be able to be back in the society with a fair treatment."





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