Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope

by CyclingTips

British rider Toby Atkins detailed his experiences of pressure to dope from his team at the Union Cycliste Internationale’s #IRideClean anti-doping conference in Aigle, Switzerland, on Tuesday. In his account he spoke of a team manager pressuring him to take performance-enhancing substances at a training camp when he was 20.

Atkins was set to race for the Italian U23 Team T-Vb in 2015. During a training camp in January 2015, Atkins was asked to take drugs by the team manager. His account is a shocking look into the world of doping in sport, particularly how the high pressures put on an athletes, particularly young developing ones, can push them down the rabbit hole of doping.

“The first week of training was great. I was already reasonably fit as I had just come from a New Zealand summer. The training was brutal with massive climbs and massive amounts of kilometres. However, the fact I was brought on board to bolster the lead out train and I was dancing with the climbers in the mountains meant the manager was happy enough with me.”

“The alarm bells started ringing after the fifth consecutive very hard day of training, when I suggested that maybe I would adapt better with a recovery day rather than more mountains. Half of the team stayed with me for a two-hour easy ride, while the others did 180km of hills in the rain. After that day, the team manager asked to speak to me privately. It was in that meeting that he handed me a bunch of pills and requested me to ‘take my vitamins.’ At this point my world started to fall down around me.”

Atkins reported the incident to British Cycling, who immediately contacted the UCI.

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