Ahead of the game

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:57:00 +1100

Deakin’s Martin Hardie has been at the forefront of the fight to clean up cycling.
 
In 2010, he brought confessed drug doper and disqualified Tour de France winner Floyd Landis to Deakin as part of the New Pathways to Professional Cycling Conference organised to coincide with the World Road Cycling Championships in Geelong.
 
Highly controversial at the time, hindsight reveals Hardie and Landis to have been ahead of the game, particularly in relation to Lance Armstrong.
 
After testing positive and being stripped of the Tour de France title he won in 2006, Landis maintained his innocence for four years.
 
On May 20, 2010, Landis admitted to continual doping.
 
He then asked to be part of the Pathways conference later in that year.
 
At the conference he said other riders, including Armstrong, were also using performance enhancing substances and suffered great criticism for that, as did Hardie for inviting him.
 
Landis then co-operated with officials in America, a move that eventually led to the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of Armstrong’s activities and ultimate decision to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles.

He is also suing Armstrong in what is known as a "whistleblower suit".
 
“I can understand why Floyd is so angry,” Hardie said.
 
“A lot of people in cycling feel the same way.
 
“Armstrong has personally attacked many of the people in the sport who questioned his achievements.
 
“Cycling officials also attacked Landis and me at the time.
 
“My belief then and now was that conference was an important part of getting to cycling’s rotten core.
 
“The question we still have to keep asking is why didn’t officials, including those in Australia, smell the stench?”


I can understand why Floyd is so angry, says Deakin's Martin Hardie (left).
I can understand why Floyd is so angry, says Deakin's Martin Hardie (left).
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  • In 2010, Landis accused Armstrong of doping and was heavily criticised for it.
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