McQuaid tells Daniel Lloyd where he believes cycling is in the war against the cheats

Pat McQuaid has outlined to GCN’s Daniel Lloyd how he believes cycling is a cleaner sport now than it was during the Lance Armstrong era, which the UCI president puts as “ten and fifteen years ago” – although the last of the seven Tour de France wins the American was stripped of was in 2005, and the United States Anti Doping Agency insisted he doped after his return to the sport in 2009.

In the first part of a video interview, Lloyd asked McQuaid how current riders can convince the press and public that they were clean, when Armstrong himself had maintained he hadn’t doped, and asks whether the UCI had any plans for how riders could show themselves to be 100 per cent clean.

It’s a great question; watch the video and judge for yourself how well McQuaid answered it.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.