Cycling

Issues concerning athlete welfare were a “disturbing and uncomfortable” period of her reign, outgoing UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has told the BBC. Former Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish is suing UK Sport and British Cycling over allegations of discrimination. Since her allegations, several British sports bodies have experienced controversy around duty of care issues.
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UCI president David Lappartient says it is “unbelievable” that Sir Bradley Wiggins has described Lance Armstrong as the “perfect” Tour de France rider. Briton Wiggins says he knows his decision to include disgraced drugs cheat Armstrong in a new book celebrating his cycling influences was never going to prove popular. Lappartient said it was “strange”.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency needs urgent reform following its reinstatement of Russia, says a group of leading national anti-doping bodies. In September Wada lifted a three-year ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) that had been imposed for state-sponsored doping. Many athletes opposed lifting the ban. The leaders of 18 anti-doping agencies, including UK Anti-Doping chief
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World Anti-Doping Association president Sir Craig Reedie has rejected criticism of how Chris Froome’s asthma drug case was handled and will not resign. The Movement for Credible Cycling said Reedie should quit, calling Froome’s case – dropped in July – “devastating” for the sport’s credibility. It also questioned Wada’s independence, and its approach to Russia’s
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