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Anti-doping drive can aid local cycling

Once again, the Tour de France is making as many headlines for drug suspicion as spectacular racing.

I have to ask the question: am I watching a truly remarkable achievement in sport? Or a lab-rat on a bike?

As a cyclist, I really want to believe that it's a great sporting moment.

I would like to compliment Sir David Brailsford (Team Sky) on suggesting a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency come and live with the team.

Might I also suggest, as a joint project with UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), that this scheme is extended to all professional teams? Prove once and for all that cycling has changed. Let's face it, it would be money well spent.

Millions of youngsters are watching the sport, many of whom are from here and they are well capable of doing something really special in the future.

Some fine work is being done at local club level to enhance cycling for our young athletes.

Let's give them a real goal to aim for.

COLM ALLEY

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