25 Sep 2011

Cycling declares dramatic change in culture

6:57 am on 25 September 2011

The International Cycling Union president says the fight against doping is bearing fruit and the sport's culture has been changing dramatically.

Cycling has been the first sport to introduce a test to detect the banned blood-boosting erythropoietin (in 2001) and created the biological passport in 2008.

Pat McQuaid.says this has prompted a cultural change,

McQuaid says bit by bit, cycling has been changing from a sport which has a doping culture to a sport which has an anti-doping culture.

He says the UCI is seen as a reference in the fight against doping now and cycling is seen in many ways as a pioneer in the fight against doping.