Bradley Wiggins, David Millar and Yaroslav Popovych are just three of the riders listed by the UCI in its doping index. It reportedly calculated the list from last year’s Tour de France and saw it leaked today by French newspaper L’Equipe.

Ukrainian Popovych and Spaniard Carlos Barredo were listed 10 out of 10, or, the most suspicious riders.

“Am I doped? Always, I am doped with the love of cycling,” Popovych told Cycling Weekly. “No, I am not doped. What I’ve already gone through in the last eight months, nothing bothers me anymore.”

Popovych rode for Lance Armstrong in last year’s Tour de France. In November, he testified in the federal doping case against Armstrong. When he returned from Italy, police searched his home. It was reportedly part of an investigation of Michele Ferrari and it reportedly turned up banned drugs.

He said the list is nothing new.

“I am not upset because there’s nothing to say. If they think I am suspect, that’s fine, I’m not worried,” he continued.

“The UCI are the heads of cycling, they can do what they want and we can’t do anything. Everyone sees, cyclists cannot do anything, they can’t protest, nothing.”

Popovych said his team RadioShack has already contacted the UCI. He said he may ask his lawyer to do something, but must first decide if it’s worth it.

Sky’s Wiggins received a five and Thomas a six.

“When they say G’s [Thomas – ed.] ranked six, if they are using the biological passport information, that implies that G’s under suspicion. From my side of things, knowing G, I’d say he’s certainly not under any suspicion from the team or me. i.e., he doesn’t take anything,” Sky’s sports director, Sean Yates told Cycling Weekly.

“It’s tarnishing the reputation of riders like G, teams like us and it brings into question the whole credibility of the UCI. Sometimes there’s stuff leaked, and it’s crap, but you can only go by what you hear. Hearing this kind of stuff is not good, it makes us look like amateurs.”

Yates said he’s unsure if team principal, David Brailsford has already been in contact with the UCI about the list.

“Having that stuff leaked to the press is not good. Once again, the UCI’s credibility – if this information is correct – is drawn into question.”

Brit David Millar of team Garmin-Cervélo received a four.

“What is this list based on?” Millar told Cycling Weekly. “Look at some of the guys there: I can tell you for starters, I’m clean as a f***ing whistle.

“I understand if I’m number four because of all my misdemeanours in the past, done on suspicions from my past actions. The only injections I’ve ever had are from the UCI, so it’s a bit mad that I’m a four.”

“This list clearly shows it’s a far from perfect model. What’s going on? That’s two things: the UCI, somebody, people, need to be fired for this, and a major investigation needs to be going on into what exactly they are doing regarding the biological passport, how they actually came up with this list.”

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  • michael rogers

    If the Sky teams various wins in cycling lately look a bit iffy then it probably is.

  • tut tut

    Millar:”I understand if I’m number four because of all my misdemeanours in the past” misdemeanours , huh, you are a convicted drug cheat and understandng a negative test does not indicate clean merely not detected I think Mr Millar protests a little too loudly.
    also In 1989 Yates tested positive in a doping test in the first stage of Torhout-Werchter, damn crack houses have less people with drug convictions.

  • David Hughes

    Isn’t the answer for the biological passport info to be made public? OK, we’d get uninformed comments, but right now we’re all uninformed because we don;t know the basis for the suspicion. AT least if the info were public, experts could debate the info in public.

  • MikeCope

    Could it just be that the UCI are doing their job and that the truth hurts – the attitude that just because someone is British they are clean is very imperial .

  • J Dunn

    The problem is that it’s not what the riders think that matters ultimately but what the sponsors and fans think.

    Fair or not, I couldn’t help noticing that Russia, Spain and Italy had the worst average scores, that riders who have had brushes with anti-doping were also higher up, and the French – the nation with famously tough anti-doping controls and laws – were all in very low groups.

    It’s hard not to think that however unfair to specific riders, there is something in this ranking in terms of its overall patterns.

  • k miller

    the behaviour of the U C I over the past few years counts as nothing next to this I hope that the teams and riders who have been named in this ‘ list have the sense to sue this bunch of idiots the whole thing gives the licence for a breakaway organisation and in my opinion not a second to soon . the U C I ranks with the old
    M C C in being the most inept governing body of sport . time after time they have failed to lead cycling in any way but down the path of ridicule .the public perception of cycling has been shaped by the constant bleating by the U C I and the many self appointed guardians of the sport who spit out such venom against any rider who produces even a 10 percent increase in performance hinting that there must be a bit of deception afoot .A line must be draw here,the retrospective pursuit of former riders serves no purpose other than to feed an ever present gutter press into even more jibes at the sport .the U C I are unfit to run the sport the sooner there is a rival organisation the better

  • angharad

    I think it’s obvious where the dope is – running the UCI!

  • stuart stanton

    What a fandandago and a farce this is! I have in my possession a superb cartoon from 1896 which shows the great ‘Choppy’ Warburton – alleged drug peddler and definite bon viveur – returning to Paris with a cartload of cycling miscreants behind him. Judging by Choppy’s rather sullen expression, a caricature of the President of the UCI in his place would fit rather well, with an up-to-date caption to match. The cart could be filled with all the likely suspects from the last ten years If anyone has the illustrative talent, I will forward the cartoon on – address info@youthtourofwales.org

  • Norman Saunders

    What is it with sports major governing bodies? FIFA, The English FA,The international Olympic Association and the UCI are all completely discredited bodies. They are, at best, incompetent and at worst, corrupt.
    The hierarchies of all these organizations need to be forcibly removed a.s.a.p and their duties and responsibilities redefined.
    These great sports deserve better than being overseen by people, whose chief interest is self aggrandisement, power and, often, financial enrichment.
    Let’s hope the current enquiries into corruption at FIFA, is the start of such a process.

  • adam

    Whilst I’m not naive in thinking the peleton is clean… the UCI would struggle to manage anything properly. Complete shag wits….

  • tim

    Agree totaly with Millar’s comment that there needs to be openness from UCI on how they are coming up with a list like this, how biological passport ‘works’, and how this information could be leaked! UCI is destroying cycling.