• A and B sample bottles from a human urine doping test. ((AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File))Source: (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Doping cases in cycling are down, and cycling has also dropped in the rankings of the sports with the most cases, dropping from fifth to eighth in the list as confirmed by the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC).
SBS Cycling Central

28 Jan 2021 - 12:53 PM 

The number of cases and 'suspected cases' (cases where a positive has been recorded but is yet to be confirmed) was 18 in 2020, down from 32 in 2019. 

The warning from anti-doping authorities is to take the information in context, with the number of tests, particularly out-of-competition testing down across the board due to the coronavirus crisis.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as many international federations confessed that they had not been able to carry out as many anti-doping tests as in previous years, especially regarding the “out-of-competition” tests. 

As a large number of events were cancelled or postponed (such as the Tokyo Olympics), the number of “in-competition” tests logically decreased as well. Therefore, it is no surprise to notice a significant drop in the number of publicly disclosed cases in 2020 compared to previous years: it went down by 18.6 per cent compared to last year and by almost 30 per cent compared to 2018 (all sports combined). 

There are no public testing numbers from 2020 available yet, the 2019 results were published in December 2020, so it may be some time until full results are known.

The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) admitted a 90 per cent decrease in the out-of-competition tests during the two months following the start of the pandemic compared to the same period last year. 

The best aspect of the news is that the top of the sport is as clean as it has ever been according to the MPCC, 'among the suspected doping cases, only 3 riders (men) belong to worldteams or proteams (there were 8 last year). Not since the creation of the WorldTour 15 years ago has this number been so low'.