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by Shane Stokes
June 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships
Although the number of biological passport cases has plummeted since Roman Kreuziger’s legal battle saw the case against him dropped in June 2015, UCI President Brian Cookson has said the method of monitoring riders remains valid.
Speaking to CyclingTips this week, Cookson dismissed a question asking if the Kreuziger case had struck a fatal blow to the use of the passport as a sanctioning tool. He disagreed the suggestion that it was now just a method of pinpointing which riders to target test with more traditional anti-doping examinations, and revealed that cases are pending.
“I retain total confidence in the biological passport,” he said. “There is no change, so far as I am aware, in how it is being managed or used in terms of the disciplinary action. Obviously again this is something that takes time to go through cases.
“I know that anti-doping in general is being targeted on an intelligence-led basis, much more in recent times. And that is because the CADF has employed an intelligence officer and so on.
“All of those things are continually moving, they are continually monitored. The biological passport is something that is managed externally from the UCI as well and I have no reason to believe that it is anything other than fully acceptable and fully operational, as it always has been. At the end of the day, we work very closely with WADA on the biological passport and they are 100 percent committed and happy with the way it has been managed.”
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