CYCLING

A new study reveals rampant doping on The Tour from 1994 onwards

Wednesday 12 June 2013, 10:40AM
By M&C Saatchi
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A decade of systemic doping on the Tour De France begun in the mid 90s according to a controversial new French cycling magazine released today.

The magazine, titled ‘Not Normal?’, focuses on the in-depth research of cycling performance expert Antoine Vayer and reveals a measurement system around wattage power output that suggests doping engulfed the sport from 1994.

“This research is centered around the power wattage output of riders. We have clocked the results from all the top riders over the past 32 years via a series of radars at varying points at each stage and made a comparison to a “standard racer” of 70kg”, said Vayer – who is also an ex-Festina trainer and cycling author in France.

“We then scaled rider performance into four categories – normal, suspicious, miraculous and mutant. We’ve ranked this data visually in the magazine, encapsulating 32 years of Tour history, that clearly shows the heavy onset of doping from 1994”.

The findings cast heavy suspicion on renowned cyclists including like Cadel Evans, Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and Marco Pantani.

The publication also features comment from three times winner Tour de France Greg LeMond, stripped 100m Olympic gold medalist Ben Johnson and Director-General of WADA, David Howman, on the doping scandals encapsulating sport.

Jaimie Fuller, Global Chairman of compression garment pioneer SKINS and founder of the Change Cycling Now pressure group, funded Vayer’s research as part of a continued effort to rid cycling of systemic doping.

“Make no bones about it, cycling is in crisis. SKINS has been at the forefront of collective action to end systemic doping in sport and the support of Antoine’s research and ‘Not Normal?’ is a further testament to our commitment,” said Fuller.

‘Not Normal?’ can be purchased through the SKINS website at www.SKINS.net/notnormal