Change Cycling Now has Global Backing After Lance Armstrong Scandal

Former pro cycle team members, world renowned experts, and campaigning international journalists will be part of a global pressure group, named Change Cycling Now, which aims to force change upon the and propose a positive vision for cycling’s future when it meets for the first time in next week.

The group is holding the  (responsible for allegedly mishandling the sport’s global image in the wake of the scandal and will discuss proposals that offer an alternative approach to re-invigorate a sport that is suffering from a globally damaged reputation. The two-day summit will discuss a roadmap for global change, including the need for a fundamental shift in cycling’s world governance and the implementation of independent anti- controls. Among those who will be in when the group meets on Sunday, December 2, will be one of the world’s foremost blood experts, Michael Ashenden, who formerly served on the panel and professor Antoine Vayer, a former cycling trainer, who attended the famous Festina trial in 2000 as a professional expert and morality witness. He is also a regular contributor to French newspaper, Le Monde.

International media is represented by two campaigning journalists who have each written of widespread drug abuse within cycling over the last decade. Freelance writer was the subject of a lawsuit served by the President and former President of the after he made accusations of corrupt practices. The action was later suspended and Kimmage has recently served a counter-claim for defamation. He is joined by , the chief sports writer for The Sunday Times and author of four books on including, “L.A. Confidential: Les secrets de .” His latest publication, “Seven Deadly Sins,” will be published next month. Like Kimmage, Walsh has campaigned to reveal the truth of widespread in the face of fierce intimidation from within cycling’s corridors of power.

Travis Tygart, the Chief Executive of the United States Anti Agency (USADA), has accepted an invitation to address the meeting. USADA’s rrt on practices resulted in ’s , and Tygart will speak via conference call from the United States in support of the rights of clean athletes and integrity of cycling.

Both the new organization, Change Cycling Now, and the summit are being coordinated by n businessman Jaimie Fuller. Fuller’s sports compression wear company, , currently sponsors a total of six cycling teams and national federations.

“The creation of Change Cycling Now reflects the frustration and anger that I, and many people directly involved in the sport feel towards the and their management practices. I believe we have put together a very strong core group which represents the feelings of thousands of people within the sport who want to see definite change,” expressed Fuller. “It would be easy to sit around and criticize and accuse, but we shall be discussing positive ways to affect the future with changes that can move us back towards a sport that has integrity and is also clean and credible. I have no doubt that this group also represents the millions of cycling fans who share the views of those who will be around the table. We will also be exploring ways to ensure that these fans can join with us to send an unequivocal message to the and its officers that the current approach is simply not good enough.”

A press conference will be held in immediately after the summit concludes when the Change Cycling Now group will present details of their discussions and be available for interview.

Further announcements regarding the summit, including additional group members, will be made later this week.

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