Evans says cycling deserves credit for anti-doping
Updated: August 12, 2011, 04:03
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tour de France champion Cadel Evans says cycling deserves more credit for its efforts to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Evans said Friday that the UCI, the world cycling federation, still has more work to do - "I won't say it's a never-ending fight, but it's a complicated job like fighting crime in modern society.''
The Australian, speaking after a parade in his honor in Melbourne, said "you can't eliminate it completely, but they're doing well and I'm just a bit sorry they're not praised for their efforts just a little bit more - a little bit of encouragement and optimism.''
In the past, Evans has been reluctant to comment on doping in cycling.
"The sport has always been winning, but it's a hard and complicated fight,'' Evans told Australian Associated Press after a victory parade in Melbourne on Friday.
"From what I see, it's really improving.What we see inside and what we say and what's reported in the press aren't always quite the same ... sometimes I think what I'm speaking is falling on deaf ears.''