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by Shane Stokes
January 5, 2018
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In a measure to boost the credibility of its team and of the sport in general, Team Sunweb announced on Thursday that it has introduced an independent anti-doping programme which will further monitor its riders. Paid for by team sponsor Sunweb and coordinated by Dopingautoriteit, the Dutch national anti-doping agency of The Netherlands, the programme will see the latter cooperate with the national anti-doping agencies in other countries.
The step was first mentioned at the Team Sunweb launch in 2017 and now, a year later, has begun. According to the team it became operational from the beginning of 2018. “Dopingautoriteit coordinates the new anti-doping program for Team Sunweb in addition to that existing CADF program,” said the team, referring to the standard system implemented by the CADF for all WorldTour teams.
“The new program implements urine and blood tests for the team’s men, women and development programs, as well as analysis of the results. The tests are carried out with the exact same standards of those of WADA and CADF and the tests are made available to WADA, CADF and the biological passport. In case a violation is detected, the standard procedure will be applied.”
Herman Ram, the CEO of Dopingautoriteit, elaborated on the testing and how it will be carried out. “This new program consists of out-of-competition urine and blood test, and interpretation of the test results. The program is fully compliant with WADA standards,” he stated.
“This new program is completely independent; the team does not indicate when, where and which athlete will be tested. Both Team Sunweb’s male and female athletes are subject to the exact same regime; they are all tested out of competition, unannounced, and both the men and women athletes are located for testing via the ADAMS systems of which all of the team’s riders submit their whereabouts.”
Click through to read more at the Team Sunweb site.