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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 4, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Räim wins opening stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Six years after her brother Wouter’s passing, Elke Weylandt shares views on Giro’s descending competition; Giro d’Italia abandons controversial descending competition; Kelly: Quintana is the man to beat for Giro, and could double up at the Tour; Nibali: ‘It’s not easy to be on the highest step of the podium’; Dumoulin: ‘Winning the Giro is normally out of reach’; Pozzovivo talks up difficulty of Giro d’Italia; In ‘best shape’ for years, Hansen ready for 17th consecutive Grand Tour; Greipel eyeing Maglia Rosa, but also says Classics could delay top sprint form; Rumsas’ son passed away 24 hours after being released from hospital; McLaren says he’s been threatened over doping report; Cyclist dies after hitting parked car in Melbourne; Video: A sort of homecoming – Adam Blythe at #TDY2017; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Ostend preview; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic preview

McLaren says he’s been threatened over doping report

by Shane Stokes

Professor Richard McLaren, who has issued two reports detailing widespread doping within Russian sport, has said that he has been subjected to attempted intimidation over his work.

“I’ve received various threats by email sources, but I don’t pay attention to those,” he told CNN, almost ten months after the publication of his first report.

“I like to be careful about my personal well being, but I don’t have any concerns. It’s very common when something like this is produced and goes in the public domain to attack the messenger because by attacking the messenger you don’t have to deal with the message. Well, it’s time to deal with the message and forget about the messenger.”

Cyclists were amongst the up to 1000 athletes said to be involved in doping. In addition to that, the report said that in February 2013 the Russian FSB security service tested a tampering method to see if it could replace doped samples with clean urine.

That method was carried out on B samples of two cyclists, was successful and was allegedly used to whitewash the doping practices of many athletes.

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