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LeMond due in London for inaugural conference of Change Cycling Now

A summit meeting will be held in London this weekend by Change Cycling Now.

The group, founded by Jaimie Fuller, chairman of the Skins sportswear brand, to restore the image of professional cycling following the Lance Armstrong scandal, will meet for two days from Sunday (December 2).

Three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond, and Jonathan Vaughters, Garmin Sharp team principal, will both attend the conference.

In a statement issued by the group, LeMond said the USADA report into organised doping on the Lance Armstrong-led US Postal team should become “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,” LeMond said.

“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.”

The conference will also be attended by campaigning journalists, Paul Kimmage and David Walsh, and by former UCI employee, Dr Michael Ashenden. CSN “is holding the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to account for alleged mis-handling the sport’s global image in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.”

“LeMond and his new colleagues will discuss proposals that offer a route towards repairing the sport’s globally damaged reputation,” a spokesman said.

The group will hold a press conference on Monday (December 3) which will include Emma O’Reilly, a masseuse at US Postal and whose testimony to USADA’s enquiry was instrumental in the agency’s action against Armstrong.

Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, who led the case against Armstrong, is due to address the London conference by video link.

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