True Champion or Cheat? is a new initiative launched Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale with the aim of educating riders and their support staff on anti-doping matters.

The website-based initiative aims to explain clearly what the new World Anti-Doping Code is, and how it affects riders. Completion of the online programme is compulsory for all riders who are named in the UCI’s registered testing pool (RTP), which includes all top-ranked cyclists from every discipline.

“The aim of the programme is to ensure riders fully understand their rights and responsibilities under the UCI Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code, so that it will no longer be possible for them to claim ignorance of the rules,” said a statement issued by the UCI.

The www.truechampionorcheat.org website presents a series of modules covering various aspects of dope testing, the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited substances, ethics and what happens if you break the rules:

True champion or cheat online modules

Anti-doping rules

Doping control procedures

WADA (and cycling) prohibited list

Whereabouts

Therapeutic use exemption

Dietary supplements

Breaking the rules

Consequences for health

Ethics and values

Clean and Succesful

Once each of these modules has been completed, an electronic certificate is issued.

The UCI has not stated so far what will happen to any rider on the RTP who fails to complete the programme.

True Champion or Cheat website

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True Champion or Cheat? website

  • John Calliott

    I applaud any efforts made along these lines, but since it’s done online, I wonder how many cheaters might get someone else to do it for them? Sorry, but I’ve seen that sort of thing at school.

  • Matthew

    So Valverde will have to do it?

    I think there is still a small proportion of riders remaining to whom ‘not cheating’ means ‘not getting caught’.

    Maybe it’s just me being cynical.