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Paolo Bettini: Cycling “the best sport” in fighting doping

Paolo Bettini: Cycling "the best sport" in fighting doping

Former world champion says others can learn from cycling’s example… Former world champion Paolo Bettini says he believes cycling is “the best sport” when it comes to fighting doping and provides an example others can follow.

The 41-year old retired from racing in 2008 after a 12-year professional career that coincided with the period when the use of EPO and other illegal substances in the peloton led to a series of doping scandals.

Speaking in Adelaide where he was guest of honour at Saturday’s Legends Dinner ahead of the Tour Down Under, Bettini was asked his views about doping in sport in the wake of the scandals that have engulfed the world of athletics and, in Australia, the AFL team Essendon.

"I think cycling in this moment is the best sport,” said Bettini, quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald (link is external) . “It’s a very good sport,” he went on, but cautioned, “it’s impossible to say it’s totally clean.

"The sport has worked hard to change the mentality. Not only the riders, but the teams and all the components have a different mentality.

"Modern cycling had courage to change, but other sports have not the courage for change. It’s impossible to say […]

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