Four top figures in cycling have committed to talks centered around creating change in the sport this weekend in London.
Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond and Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters will attend the Change Cycling Now summit, which is aimed at finding “positive ways to effect the future with changes that can move us back towards a sport that has integrity and is also clean and credible,” according to Skins founder Jaimie Fuller, who is heading the effort.
“The report from the United States Anti Doping Agency into the Lance Armstrong affair has to be a watershed moment for professional cycling,” said LeMond in a statement. “There is still an opportunity to ensure cycling presents itself as a genuine world leader in the elimination of doping and drug taking in sport. But to do that requires a determination to force change and I am delighted to be part of a group that is full of people who are committed to the cause.”
Also joining the group will be riders’ association head Gianni Bugno, former Cofidis boss Eric Boyer, and University of Texas-Austin professor Dr. John Hoberman. Hoberman has studied doping culture for nearly three decades and is the author of “Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport” and “Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodesia, Doping”.
“In the two days since the announcement of our group, we’ve had phenomenal support and that couldn’t be better emphasized by the quality of the members we have on board,” said Fuller. “As a Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond’s involvement should send the clearest message yet that we are a serious group with serious intentions and genuine motives. To have other former athletes and eminent academics joining us too will make for an interesting and I hope, rewarding weekend. The sheer fact that these people are prepared to give up their time and travel, in some cases half way around the world to participate, reflects both their passion as well as their desire to see cycling achieve the best outcome.
The weekend summit is closed to the public and the group will report its progress in a press conference on Monday, December 3. Other confirmed attendees include sportswriters Paul Kimmage and David Walsh, former UCI biological passport advisor Michael Ashendon, and former Festina trainer Antoine Vayer. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart will address the summit via telephone and former U.S. Postal Service soigneur Emma O’Reilly will attend Monday’s press conference.