Thanks for the response on my blog from yesterday about the significant reduction in testing for the biological passport. I also see the need to clarify some things:
- I did not say there were zero tests, just that I’ve heard from riders and team managers that they haven’t seen tests being carried out, while nobody told me the opposite. And that’s a stark contrast to say 12 months ago. Obviously I did not check the 1000+ pro riders all individually.
- Daniel Benson reports that according to the UCI, some tests were carried out at the Vuelta, Worlds and Leopard training camp. I have no reason to doubt the UCI on that. I am not sure if that is the complete list, because if it is, then that would confirm that the number of tests has been greatly reduced.
- Andrew Pinfold, a rider for United Healthcare, also reports being tested for the passport. I think the team he is on in 2011 is in a different category than in 2010, so that may have something to do with it.
- Some people saw my post as a bashing of the UCI, but actually it is quite the opposite and therein lies part of the problem. As long as people see the biological passport as a UCI thing and therefore look at them to solve any issues, it won’t work. Riders, teams, races all have to understand how vital the biological passport is and find a way together to make it work. Some are actively supporting the UCI, others are not.
- The point is not if 0, 100 or 500 tests were carried out in the past year, the point is if the sport is able to support the number of tests necessary to ensure most people play by the rules. And if that ability is threatened, then action should be taken.
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