Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 5, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Number 28: Cavendish takes stage win, ties Hinault for second all-time; Giro Rosa Round-up: another Wiggle-High5 victory with Chloe Hosking in stage 3, Stevens stays in pink; Another field sprint in Austria; Sagan and Contador: A day of very contrasting fortunes; Rethinking the 3km rule; Girl struck by publicity caravan on stage 3; Brailsford praises Cookson regarding UCI-ASO conflict; Tony Martin linked to Bora-hansgrohe for 2017; Plans to use pro cyclists’ training, racing data to help stop doping; Premier League referees cycle to all clubs for charity; Tour de France, stage 3 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 3 recap; How to pack for the Tour De France with Adam Hansen; Orica-Bike Exchange stage 2 ‘Backstage Pass’; Oleg Tinkov celebrates Sagan victory

Plans to use pro cyclists’ training, racing data to help stop doping

by CyclingTips

A new plan put forward by the UCI-backed Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) would utilise pro cyclist’s training and racing performance data in anti-doping efforts. Dr. James Hopker and Professor Louis Passfield want pro teams to help them develop a data-based ‘Performance Passport.’

Dennis's SRM PC8 computer is tilted curiously upward.

Besides providing more data to help catch cheating, it could also be used to determine when an exceptional performance is on the level.

“There’s a general consensus growing among the pro peloton that something needs to be done around this, particularly to try to strengthen the current Biological Passport system,” says Hopker. “Looking at single performances is not the way to do it so what we’re looking at is a smarter way to use power meter data.”

The two recognise that getting buy-in from teams, who hold their riders’ data close to the vest, will be key. They plan to anonymise the data by averaging and aggregating it over many months to make identifying individuals impossible. The idea is to get a broad picture of the peloton as a whole, which could help put an exceptional performance in context.

“This is long term – it’ll take several years to implement. But if we don’t start now we won’t be in any position to produce to some time soon. The way sport and society is going, we’ll have to do it at some point,” says Passfield.

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