Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tour Doping Pledge ; Cycling Chief Vows to Restore Race Confidence Froome Targets Long Run of French Victories

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tour Doping Pledge ; Cycling Chief Vows to Restore Race Confidence Froome Targets Long Run of French Victories

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THE head of British Cycling has claimed scepticism over doping at the Tour de France is undermining the race and has promised measures to restore its credibility if he is elected as president of the sport's international body UCI.

Tour winner Chris Froome had to deal with questions and innuendo during the race leading to his Team Sky to make his power data statistics, which can indicate doping - publicly available to try to end the accusations.

Brian Cookson, British Cycling's chairman who is challenging incumbent president Pat McQuaid, said he would bring in several measures to tackle doping and deal with the past.

"This year's Tour de France has seen many heroic performances yet there has been a mood of scepticism and doubt in some quarters," he said in a statement.

"This is deeply frustrating for the riders but, if you look at the past and what our sport has been through, it is not a surprise.

"We must act to change this situation so the public can feel confident and cycling's great performances can be heralded not disparaged. …

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