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Sep 14, 2010

Doping in pro-cycling - evil riders, institutionalised corruption, both or neither?

The New Cycling pathways research project will release it's first report; “I Wish I was Twenty One Today – Beyond Doing in the Australian Peloton”. The report's focus is on the perspectives and experiences of Australian professional cyclists and their cohort as they relate to new directions for their sport. This study engaged with, and ultimately represented the views of those directly affected by anti-doping policy.

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A guest post by Martin Hardie, Lecturer in Law at the Deakin University, Australia

This is a copy of the September 2010 Editorial in the Journal of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research based at the Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Who would have thought?

Who would have thought that things would have thought things could move so fast.

In my last editorial (May 2010) I raised the issue of corruption within professional cycling – a problem that transcends and fuels the doping issue. I did so through the use of lawyerly hypotheticals.

Not that long after I wrote those words we had the amazing declarations of Floyd Landis concerning allegations that Lance Armstrong and his partner, Johan Bruyneel paid bribes to the Union Cycliste International (the UCI)  in order to avoid the ramifications of positive test results.

A few days later other allegations concerning Bruyneel, the UCI and the Russian rider Vladimir Gusev were published.

The response from the institutions of cycling and its ‘media’ has been to focus once again on the video nasty of evil cyclists doping and the un-trustworthiness of the whistleblower. The focus has not been on the allegations of institutional corruption. However there are players out there who wield more power than the UCI that are very interested in these and other such allegations.

In the meantime here at Deakin University we have been completing our New Cycling Pathways research project and finalising plans for our conference to coincide with the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. In fact the UCI will be visitors on our campus for a week.

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The conference will see the launch of our research report: “I Wish I was Twenty One Today – Beyond Doping in the Australian Peloton”.

The report is based upon a research project supported by the Australian Government through the Anti-Doping Research Program.

It’s focus is on the perspectives and experiences of Australian professional cyclists and their cohort as they relate to new directions for their sport. As a grounded research project, the aims were more than purely academic.

This study engaged with, and ultimately represented the views of those directly affected by anti-doping policy. From there, the aim was to identify pragmatic starting points to developing effective, sustainable policies that enhance the positive impact of sport both as a social force and as a career for those who operate within the field of professional cycling.

One issue that is raised in the report is the legal basis of the Biological Passport. At the conference a panel involving Mike Ashenden, Klaas Faber, Australian lawyer Paul J. Hayes, Verner Moller and myself will discuss the law and science of the passport – whether it is legally defendable and whether it can be improved.

Another issue will be ways by which we can build a sustainable basis for cycling in the future – it is clear that the sport cannot continue on in the way it has this year.

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A panel discussion will take place and along with the ‘experts’ the discussion shall be enhanced by the presence of Floyd Landis who will talk about his ideas for the future and the solution – as he said back in May he wants to be part of the solution and we are happy to give him a space to put that case.

In the end the only way for cycling to regain its credibility come out of its crisis by dealing with the issues it faces in an open, transparent and impartial manner.

Part of that process is giving voice to the cyclists – our report seeks to do that and we hope that Floyd’s presence will also enhance that process.

We will video stream the conference at: http://www.newcyclingpathway.com.

For more information go to the New Cycling Pathways Conference web site at: http://newcyclingpathway.auskadi.mjzhosting.org/

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  1. Lance Armstrong and the conspiracy of dunces | The Northern Myth

    […] * Doping in pro-cycling – evil riders, institutionalised corruption, both or neither? – September 2010 – A guest post by Martin Hardie, Lecturer in Law at the Deakin University, Australia from the September 2010 Editorial in the Journal of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research based at the Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark. […]

  2. Bob Gosford

    From today’s Herald-Sun in Melbourne (see: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cycling/floyd-landis-heads-to-geelong/story-fn3owcsl-1225924687161)

    Floyd Landis heads to Geelong

    FLOYD Landis, one of the world’s most notorious drug cheats, is coming to Geelong for the world road cycling championships.

    Landis, stripped of the 2006 Tour de France crown after being fould guilty of doping, will appear at a conference at Deakin University’s Waterfront campus.

    According to conference organiser Martin Hardie, the disgraced American asked to appear at the conference.

    Landis will appear at the New Pathways for Professional Cycling conference, to be held on September 27-28.

    The world titles start on September 29.

    The Geelong conference will feature legal experts, scientists and academics.

    “Floyd has asked us if he could take part in the panel discussion and we think his presence will enhance the discussion,” Hardie told Cyclingnews.

    “The issue we are interested in is how we can build a sustainable basis for cycling in the future. It is clear that the sport cannot continue on in the way it has this year.”

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    The Geelong conference will be one of Landis first public discussions of cyclings doping problems since he appeared on ABCs Nightline programme in July detailing his allegations of doping in the US Postal Service team and against Lance Armstrong.

    His allegations in May triggered an ongoing US federal investigation led by Jeff Notizky of the Food and Drug Administration.

    “Floyd Landis wants to talk about his ideas for the future and the solution as he said back in May, he wants to be part of the solution, and we are happy to give him a space to open up a conversation about that,” Hardie said.

    The conference is certain to cause angst among world championship organisers.

    Apart from Landis, there are a number of other high-profile speakers, including anti-doping researcher Dr. Michael Ashenden and Spanish journalist Carlos Arribas, who broke the Operacion Puerto doping scandal.

    Professor Verner Moller, author of Sacrifice, On The Exit of Michael Rasmussen from the Tour de France, Australian cycling historian Keith Mansell and anti-doping expert Dr. Klaas Faber will also present at the conference.

    Barrister Paul Hayes will deliver a paper entitled “The Olympic Edition Cereal Box: WADA, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Code.”

    The event will also feature the launch of a detailed report entitled “I wish I was Twenty One Today” Beyond Doping in the Australian Peloton, authored by Hardie and his colleagues David Shilbury, Ianto Ware and Claudio Bozzi.

    “In the end, the only way for cycling to regain its credibility and come out of its crisis is by dealing with the issues it faces in an open, transparent and impartial manner,” Hardie said.

    “Part of that process is giving voice to the cyclists our report seeks to do that and we hope that Floyds presence will also enhance that process..”

  3. Park Road 1

    Floyd Landis is a self confessed liar and a convicted drug cheat. Having him at the Conference would be like inviting Adolph Hitler to a bar mitzvah.

  4. SBH

    It’s been ever thus Bob, with big money exploiting working people.

    “You have no idea what the Tour de France is,’ Henri said. “It’s a Calvary. And what’s more, the way to the cross only had 14 stations — we’ve got 15. We suffer on the road. But do you want to see how we keep going? Wait…’
    From his bag he takes a phial. “That, that’s cocaine for our eyes and chloroform for our gums…”
    “Here,” said Ville, tipping out the contents of his bag, “horse liniment to keep my knees warm. And pills? You want to see the pills?” They got out three boxes apiece.
    “In short,” said Francis, “we run on dynamite.’
    Henri & Francis Pelissier and Maurice Ville 1924, Courtances

    plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose eh?

    Pro cyclists come under enormous pressure to do what it takes to win. It’s that exploitation that’s the real evil in cycling.

  5. null

    Sure, there’s drugs and corruption in big money corporate sport, but it appears progress is being made. The “biological passport” seems like an excellent idea, however this is a sentence I never expected to hear: “the discussion shall be enhanced by the presence of Floyd Landis”! he changes his story like lady GaGa changes clothes: often and with bizarre results. He’s out for revenge, although for an appearance fee he’ll probably say whatever you want.

    And seriously T.T., try riding up hill for 3 hours, then sprinting for 500m and let’s see how your syntax is! And then in a foreign language.

  6. Turkey Tongue

    Interested to know if there was any positives in this years TDF?.If there where none,it would be asking to much of my hope that serious doping controls are enacted.Seems from my observations of riders pupils,skin colour and disjointed syntax that the song remains the same.

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