Cycling CEO: Despite frustrating headlines, cycling’s drug testing methods are working

By Pete Iacobelli, AP
Friday, September 17, 2010

USA Cycling CEO says sport testing effective

GREENVILLE, S.C. — USA Cycling CEO Sean Petty says the sport’s drug testing methods surpass all other major sports and have been effective at catching cheaters.

Petty spoke Friday, a day before the start of the USA Cycling Pro Championships.

He says measures such as more advanced blood tests, biological passports for riders and medical monitoring for teams have been effective at catching those trying to break rules.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is currently under scrutiny in a federal investigation into cheating in professional cycling.

Petty said such headlines are frustrating for U.S. organizers trying to grow the sport. However, Petty thinks cycling is light years ahead of other sports in its testing and there’s less chance for riders to get away with cheating.

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