GCN Racing News Show: Analysing Jonas Vingegaard's missed doping test

Dan Lloyd explains more about the Tour de France winner's recently revealed missed test and why we shouldn't be so quick to judge

Clock10:00, Tuesday 28th November 2023

This week on the GCN Racing News Show, Dan Lloyd discusses the biggest talking points in racing, including the recent revelations that Jonas Vingegaard missed a doping test in 2019.

The news broke from a Danish newspaper interview with the Tour de France champion, in which he admitted that in 2019 he missed one doping test at his home because his doorbell was broken and he wasn't near his phone.

Sure enough, the uproar on social media was quick to follow, as fans jumped to conclusions about what that missed test meant for Vingegaard’s credibility as a clean rider.

Nevertheless, as often is the case, there should be more nuance to the discussion, as Dan explains.

First and foremost, a rider has the privilege of missing three tests in a 12-month period before they count as a doping violation. With Vingegaard missing only one test, it was no cause for concern from a sanction perspective.

In addition, Dan adds some intel from his years as a racer, arguing how easy it can be to fail to record your exact whereabouts, a central component of out-of-competition testing. Let us know what your take on this is in the comments below.

Beyond the testing procedures of pro cycling, Dan also touches upon the busy weekend of cyclo-cross that saw big competitions in both Ireland and Belgium.

For the women, it was Fem Van Empel remaining undefeated with a win at the X20 Trofee Kortrijk, before Lucinda Brand won her first race of the year in Dublin at the World Cup. On the men’s side, there were two hard-fought races, with Eli Iserbyt taking the spoils in Belgium while Pim Ronhaar beat Laurens Sweeck in a close run final lap to take his second World Cup win of the season.

Dan also runs through the transfers from the last week, many of which you can find covered on this site, and highlights the philanthropy of Annemiek van Vleuten.

Finally he takes a quick peak at the next GCN+ documentary released on Tuesday 28 November. The film covers the Paris-Brest-Paris ride, an epic 1,200-kilometre event that is one of the oldest in the world. Be sure to check that out when you have the chance.

On GCN+ next week:

  • Superprestige CX Boom, Saturday, 2 December
  • World Cup CX Flamanville, Sunday, 3 December
  • Documentary: Paris-Brest-Paris out Tuesday, 28 November

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