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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
The Bike Pure anti-doping organisation has spoken out over what it says has been a complete lack of recent testing at cyclocross events. In an open letter addressed to the UCI and WADA, as well as in an interview with CyclingTips, co-founder Andy Layhe has said that there has been no such scrutiny at events since the world cyclocross championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, at the end of January.
Layhe said that five UCI races have been completely devoid of testing. The events concerned are the DVV Trofee race in Krawatencross, Belgium, on February 4, the Belgian Superprestige races in Hoogstraten and Middelkerke on February 5 and 11 respectively, the Brico Cross in the Netherlands on February 12 and the Oostmalle cross on February 19 in Belgium.
Each of these are ranked C1 on the UCI calendar, with the exception of the C2 Brico cross. Layhe claims that neither blood nor urine testing has been carried out, and that screening for hidden motors has also not been done.
“I was approached by a rider and their coach about the situation post-worlds,” Layhe told CyclingTips on Monday. “These are major races, the Super Prestige and the DVV trophy, the two major cyclocross series that run through the season. They obviously culminated after the world championships and because of that, there was more incentive there for riders to possibly cheat.”
Layhe describes the situation as alarming, saying that while lower-ranked races might potentially lack testing at times, that those at the top end of the spectrum should be covered.
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