Friday 15 December 2017

Cycling has cleaned up its act now, claims Stephen Roche

Stephen Roche believes cycling's deep-rooted doping problem is firmly in the past despite the sordid revelations surrounding Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong refused to cooperate with the United States Anti-doping Agency, who published a 1,000-page report last week which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

Although aware the spectre of doping remains, 1987 Tour de France champion Roche insists cycling has cleaned up its act and is frustrated all the good happening in the sport has been overshadowed by the recent revelations.

Roche said: "Cycling has come along a lot since 1999. Maybe it got worse before getting better in the early 2000s, but definitely in 2010, 2011, 2012, even though (Alberto) Contador had his problems, cycling has come on an awful lot.

"Whatever mischief was going on then could never happen today. The proof the system's working is that a guy like Bradley Wiggins has come along and he's suspected of being clean, which is brilliant, and he's come out and won the Tour de France."

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