Three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond has joined the new cycling group Change Cycling
Now and will be in London later this week when the group meets for the first time to discuss ways to
rid the sport of its doping culture and determine a path for the future prosperity of cycling.
LeMond, who in 1986, became the first non-European to win the Tour de France, has been an
outspoken critic of doping within cycling. In 2001, he criticized Lance Armstrong for his association
with the now banned physician, Dr. Michele Ferrari. He recently added his name to that of many
cycling champions to have called for change at the top of professional cycling, including an
impassioned plea for senior management at the UCI to resign.
LeMond will be joined by former pro riders Jonathan Vaughters and Eric Boyer on the panel.
Vaughters is a former team mate of Lance Armstrong’s in the U.S. Postal Services team, and is
now President of the International Association of Professional Cycling Groups (AIGCP)
Boyer is a former Tour de France stage winner and former Team Manager at Cofidis.
Additionally, former World Champion, Gianni Bugno will address the group in his current capacity as
the President of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA).
The new organisation is holding the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to account for alleged mishandling
the sport’s global image in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and LeMond
and his new colleagues will discuss proposals that offer a route towards repairing the sport?s globally
“LeMond said: “The report from the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) into the Lance
Armstrong affair has to be a watershed moment for professional cycling. 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.”
Dr John Hoberman, a professor at the University of Texas is a further attendee. His work focuses on
attacking the culture of doping through cultural change as well as policing. He believes there is an
obligation to educate and attempt to remove the desire for the athlete to want to dope.
On Monday, the former masseuse to Lance Armstrong?s U.S. Postal Services team, Emma O?Reilly,
will be flying from New York to attend the press conference and show her support.
The co-ordinator of the group, Australian businessman Jaimie Fuller said: “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. 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 will conclude with a Press Conference at which the Change Cycling Now Charter will
be unveiled. The document will set out the agreed principles of the group, its aims and its methods.