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by Mark Zalewski
November 10, 2016
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The organisation that oversees amateur time trial events in Britain, Cycling Time Trials (CTT), has delivered on its promise to increase anti-doping testing after three participants at its events tested positive in 2015. The organisation’s annual report showed 72 tests this year, a record number and up from 44 in 2015. None of the tests have returned an adverse analytic finding.
“The universal view from riders are that they are pleased to see doping controls. It’s not uncommon for riders to say that there ought to be more of it,” said CTT national secretary Nick Sharpe.
The increase came at a cost, as a single tests costs around £540 (€615), and adding a test for EPO costs an additional £150 (€170). The organisation estimates it has spent around £40,000 on tests in the current financial year.
The steep cost of testing could determine whether this level of testing will become the norm.
“It is something that we look at the beginning of the year, annually,” Sharpe said.
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