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by Neal Rogers
March 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: FDJ’s Davide Cimolai wins opening stage at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya; ASO and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya strike five-year partnership; Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) takes overall win at Tucson Bicycle Classic; Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) tops UCI Rankings; An interview with Marcel Kittel: Getting back to his best, Cavendish rivalry, and the Tour de France; BBC State of Sport investigation: Drug use at every level of sport is ‘fast becoming a crisis’; Tweet: When Peter Sagan’s attack at Milan-San Remo resembles nature.
Drug use at every level of sport is “fast becoming a crisis” according to UK Anti-Doping, responding to a BBC poll into doping in amateur sport.
That poll — of more than 1,000 men and women who are members of sports clubs and teams — found that 35% of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8% said they had taken steroids. Half believe performance enhancing substance use is widespread among those who play sport competitively.
A BBC State of Sport investigation into doping in UK amateur sport also found that 49% thought performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were “easily available” among people who play sports regularly.
According to figures from UK Anti-Doping, there are currently 52 athletes and coaches serving bans. Of these, only 12% are professional sports men or women; 62% are amateurs, 21% are semi-professional, and 5% are coaches. Of the 186 sanctions handed out across 22 separate sports by UK Anti-Doping since it formed in 2009, 46% have been rugby union or league players, mainly at amateur and semi-professional levels.
For more, click through to BBC.com.