With 21 positive doping tests in 2015, cycling remains fourth in the league table, behind athletics, weightlifting and baseball, according to MPCC figures


For the second year running, cycling is fourth on the doping league table, with 21 positive tests announced in road, track and mountain biking in 2015.

While the number remains quite high, athletics (62 positive tests), weightlifting (55) and baseball (30) are ahead of cycling in the list, with football (20) only one place behind in fifth.

The numbers, released by the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), show 16 positive cases in road cycling, three in track and two in mountain biking. Just eight of the 21 riders caught were riding in the WorldTour or Pro Continental level.

MPCC doping

Among the notable riders caught out in 2015 was Luca Paolini, who tested positive for cocaine at the Tour de France and subsequently admitted to having a problem with sleeping pills.

Tom Danielson (Cannondale-Garmin), Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Davide Appollonio (Androni Giacattoli) were two of the other high profile riders who tested positive last year.

The MPCC note that while some sports do not advertise the results of doping cases, cycling reveals each positive test.

  • James Bolton

    2 UK Athletes serving doping bans (None sanctioned this Year) 15 Rugby Union, 14 Rugby league, 6 Boxers etc

  • Dan Kenyon

    Its not great news, but shows more needs to be done. Shame there was 20 total positive tests across all sports in the UK.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    The head of athletics in the UK makes Sep Blatter look like the fairy God mother.