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by Shane Stokes
June 14, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse; Hamilton and Areruva win stages on day five of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; UCI suspends Bardiani-CSF team over double positives; Bardiani-CSF unhappy with sanction but says it won’t appeal; Movistar Team announces Tour de France shortlist; French anti-doping officials suggest cycling is moving in the right direction; Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere; Taylor Phinney on how meditation has changed him; Selections announced for 2017 MontanaCrossCamp, including first women’s camp; Stan’s NoTubes announces Avion R Pro rim-brake carbon road wheelsets; Video: Top 10 WTF moments in cycling
Unveiling its 2016 activity report on Tuesday, the French anti doping agency AFLD has suggested that cycling is in a better position than it has been in the past. Its president Bruno Genevois explained at a news conference at the AFLD headquarters that some sports, ‘have made progress or are moving in the right direction, like athletics and cycling.’
Both sports have been adversely affected by doping issues in the past but, perhaps because of that, have had to tackle the problem. In contrast, other sports have been under less scrutiny and less pressure to change.
According to AP, the AFLD has warned of what it described as the ‘too easy supply of prohibited products in combat sports with the use of stimulants and anabolics. The agency’s director of testing Damien Ressiot has voiced what he described as a real concern about rugby union, where he said the use of cocaine for doping purposes was now a ‘fairly common practice.’
Scientific adviser Xavier warned it would be ‘extremely dangerous to minimize its use as a purely recreational drug.’
Across all sports and substances, the rate of abnormal results was 1.9% of the checks carried out, with this number rising to 2.8% amongst amateurs. In addition to that, there was a 32.9% increase in cases between 2015 and 2016, 198 versus 149, as well as a 50% increase in decisions rendered.