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Exclusive: Lappartient insists cycling is “the sport of anti-doping”

Exclusive: Lappartient insists cycling is "the sport of anti-doping"

International Cycling Union (UCI) President David Lappartient has insisted here that "today we are the sport of anti-doping". Lappartient was first elected as UCI President…

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International Cycling Union (UCI) President David Lappartient has insisted here that "today we are the sport of anti-doping".

Lappartient was first elected as UCI President in 2017, unseating Brian Cookson, and re-elected unopposed for a second term last year.

Among his tasks since taking over has been repairing the sport’s reputation following a series of high-profile doping cases.

The French official expressed a belief that the UCI had improved its anti-doping measures, but acknowledged that it must remain proactive in tackling all forms of cheating.

"I would say it’s a big challenge because to lose your credibility takes only five minutes, to regain the credibility takes 20 years, so we are on the right way, but if you ask people in the street which sport sometimes symbolises anti-doping, you will have maybe weightlifting and some other sports, but cycling will probably be part of the front bunch," he admitted to insidethegames . Pleasure attending the @Host_City Forum alongside Chair of @CyclingWorlds , @PaulBush8 as we sat down for a Q&A on the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

Cycling will be showcased to the world on a scale never before seen! #GlasgowScotland2023 pic.twitter.com/a96itRvXsc — David Lappartient (@DLappartient) November 16, 2022 "I would say today we are the sport of anti-doping.

"We decided this year to increase by 25 per cent for next year the budget allocated to anti-doping, which is for us CHF10 million (£8.9 million/$10.6 million/€10.2 million), so that is huge, nobody else in the world is spending the same level of financial resources […]

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