Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 6, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Katrin Garfoot delivers emphatic win to defend women’s Australian time trial title; Rohan Dennis wins his second consecutive Australian time trial title; British Cycling warned about relationship with Team Sky; Madiot backs Lappartient for UCI president; ASO buys German race organiser; Eddy Merckx: ‘Tour of Oman will be ridden’; Boonen begins season at Vuelta a San Juan; Former WADA head calls Russian doping scandal worse than Lance Armstrong; Team Sunweb unveils new kit; Meet 105-year-old hour record holder Robert Marchand; Retro Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Former WADA head calls Russian doping scandal worse than Lance Armstrong

by CyclingTips

With the revelations of the McLaren Report detailing the widespread and government organised doping by the Russian Federation, David Howman, the former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), says that the scandal ranks as worse than even Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal.

“The Russian thing is bigger than Ben Hur,” Howman told “I don’t think everybody really understands the full extent. All those things were so big it’s just staggering. And there are now 600 athletes that are going to be sanctioned as a result.

“You can draw a comparison between Armstrong and Russia. Armstrong was contrite and Russia is not conceding an inch… the western plot. That’s the way they act on the international stage.”

Whether or not any Russian cyclists are implicated in the scandal has yet to be revealed, as the findings of the investigation are being sent to various sport governing bodies.

However, the report detailed how the sample-swapping procedures were practised at the Moscow laboratory using urine samples of two unnamed cyclists. “The test case on the cyclists was successful which meant that a new era of sample swapping could commence,” the report said. “The groundwork for Sochi had been laid.”

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