Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark

Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?

by Daniel Ostanek

With the current scandal of alleged systemic, state-sponsored doping embroiling the Russian Olympic federation, in particular the treatment of whistleblower middle-distance runner Yuliya Stepanova, Daniel Ostanek argues that the sport of cycling can learn from the outcomes and apply lessons to the future — in particular to the issue of whistleblowers.

Here is an excerpt:

There’s a lot to unpack in this case, and much of it isn’t particularly relevant to cycling. However the issue of whistleblowers is relevant to any sport that has faced corruption, or widespread cheating.

At the center of the IOC turmoil is Russian middle-distance runner Yuliya Stepanova, who was banned in 2011 for two years due to biological passport irregularities, and set the ball rolling on this scandal.

Back in 2014, Stepanova appeared on German television channel ARD in a Hajo Seppelt documentary (Seppelt was the man who helped force the Alberto Contador clenbuterol case into the open). With her husband Vitaly (an anti-doping fighter and former employee of RUSADA) by her side, she accused her country of running a state-organised doping program. She blew the whistle. And while many athletes who are caught doping stay quiet, and either move on or return to their sports, Stepanova is a rarity.

But she is not alone; in fact, we have come across several of our own whistleblowers in cycling.

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