Hajo SeppeltFreelance journalist
Hajo Seppelt is a freelance journalist and commentator for WDR (ARD – West German television broadcasting station) and DLF (German radio). He has worked as a reporter and expert on doping and politics in sport. He has also reported on the Olympic Games, (summer and winter), as well as other major sports events. Since 2007 he has been author for sport inside.
Prior to this, Hajo was editor, reporter, film author and presenter with the sports editorial team at Sender Freies Berlin, a freelancer at the sports desks of dpa and Tagesspiegel and a freelancer at RIAS Berlin youth radio.
Gianni BugnoPresident of CPA (Association of Professional Cyclists)
Gianni was a professional cyclist between 1986 and 1998. During his career, Gianni was the winner of the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia, UCI Road World Cup and the Italian Classic, Milan-San Remo in 1990, the World Championship in 1991 and 1992, the Italian Road Race Championship in 1991 and 1995, 4 stages of the Tour de France and 2 stages of the Vuelta Espana and Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1994.
Gianni is the President of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA) and has been vocal in his demand for the establishment of an independent anti-doping body for cycling.
Paul O’Kelly, is a consultant, facilitator and coach in strategic thinking, leadership and high performance. Formerly Manager of European Marketing for a Fortune 200 company, he has led projects in more than 20 countries, and is currently serving clients in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
Paul works extensively in both amateur and professional sports. He designed and led the strategic planning process for Ireland’s largest sports organisation the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.
Paul was retained by the Dubai Government as a leadership coach on the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Programme for Sports Leadership Development delivered by Ohio University.
Scott O’RawCo-founder, Velocast
Co-Founder of Velocast Productions Ltd, Scott O'Raw produces online, audio media for cycling fans across the globe.
Scott has been a strong advocate and campaigner as a cycling fan, being seen by many as a key stakeholder within the sport. He has also been at the forefront of investigating areas of corruption within the upper echelons of professional cycling. These include uncovering details of UCI President, Pat McQuaid's threatening letters to team sponsors and being instrumental in recovering prize money owed to professional rider, Marco Pinotti, from Tour of Ireland race organisers, Alan Rushton and Darach McQuaid.
Recently, Scott has been working on developing media projects with his home federation, Scottish Cycling.
Richard GormanCo-Founder Trois Etapes
Richard ran the Tour de France winning Team CSC Sponsorship and CSC's official partnership with ASO, on behalf of the corporate IT Services giant.
He was also involved in F1 through Virgin Racing / Marussia F1 Team.
He is the Co-Founder of the Trois Etapes charity Pro-Amateur cycling event, which has raised $1.7m.
Paul KimmageSports journalist
Irishman Paul Kimmage is a sports journalist who, until his departure in early 2012, wrote for the Sunday Times newspaper.
Kimmage had a career as a professional cyclist, participating in three Tour de France races and riding for teams RMO and Fagor-MBK. He retired in 1989 with no wins, blaming systemic doping in the peloton. In his book Rough Ride he detailed his experiences as a domestique which included references to drug use, including that of his own.
Paul Kimmage has a history of confrontations with Lance Armstrong over claims that most of Armstrong's early US Postal cycling team were doped. Kimmage maintains a passion for removing doping from the sport of cycling.
Michael AshendenBlood doping expert
Dr Ashenden is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on blood doping and the athlete’s biological passport. He is one of the world’s leading anti-doping campaigners and formerly an expert on the UCI panel.
Ashenden has acted as an expert witness in high profile cases, including those of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador.
He insists the Cycling Federation’s reputation as leaders in the field of drug testing in recent years is ill deserved.
Read Michael Ashenden's opinion piece about a Truth and Reconciliation process.
Jörg JakscheSporting Director
Jörg was a professional cyclist between 1997 and 2007, riding with teams Polti, Team Telekom, ONCE, CSC, Liberty Seguros-Würth and Tinkoff Credit Systems.
Jörg won the Tour Mediterranean and the Paris–Nice race in 2004 and in the 2006 Tour de Suisse, he finished on the podium.
In 2006, Jörg was identified by investigators in the Operation Puerto investigation as being involved in blood doping and later admitted his guilt. Jörg went in person to the UCI and told them about doping practises in pro cycling, doping methods, corrupt doctors, dealers and the team managers implicated in doping practises, forcing riders to dope. Jörg states that the reaction of the UCI President, Pat Mcquaid was: “…We would have liked you to handle things differently and not to go to the press before talking to the UCI. Such things have to be discussed first with the UCI and stay in house…”.
Recently, Jörg appeared on the ABC Australia television news journal, 4 Corners, openly discussing the use of doping in cycling.
Jonathan VaughtersCEO, Slipstream Sports
Jonathan Vaughters is a former professional cyclist. His career included a stint riding for U.S. Postal Service cycling team, alongside Lance Armstrong.
Currently, Vaughters is founder and CEO of global sports marketing business, Slipstream Sports. In February 2009, Jonathan Vaughters was elected president of the International Association of Professional Cycling Groups (AIGCP).
In August 2012 Vaughters published an opinion column in ‘The New York Times’ entitled How to Get Doping Out of Sports in which he stated his opposition to doping and expressed his regret over taking drugs during his cycling career.
John HobermanProfessor, University of Texas
Dr John Hoberman is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous books and articles on sports, specifically on their cultural impact, their relationship with race, and the issue of doping.
His most recent book, Testosterone Dreams, is a history of the use of hormone treatments for lifestyle and performance enhancement during the last century, in the context of an analysis of modern society’s ever-increasing use of chemical enhancements in general and its effect on human self-image.
Dr Hoberman is a true believer in the power of attacking the endemic of doping through cultural change as well as policing. He believes that we have an obligation to educate and take away the desire (as best as possible) for the athlete to want to dope.
Jaimie FullerChairman, SKINS
Over the past decade, Jaimie Fuller has grown SKINS from an tiny Australian start-up into the worlds leading sports compression brand. Jaimie is now company Chairman and is based at SKINS headquarters in Switzerland.
For more than 5 years, SKINS has been a proud supporter of world cycling and has partnered with teams, riders and international cycling organisations across the world. As a company, SKINS have invested heavily into research and development to create a cycling-specific product range aimed at those who participate at every level.
In November 2012, SKINS served a demand on the UCI seeking damages of $2 million as a consequence of alleged mis-management in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
Greg LeMondLeMond Cycling Inc
Greg is a former professional cyclist and is the only American and first non-European cyclist to win the Tour de France. Greg won the Junior World Championship in 1979, Tour de France three times in 1986, 1989 and 1990 and World Championship in 1983 and 1989.
Greg has been an outspoken critic of doping in cycling.
In July 2001, Greg criticised Lance Armstrong for his association with the now banned Italian physician, Dr. Michele Ferrari. Subsequently, Greg was attacked by Lance Armstrong and his sponsor, Trek Bicycles, placing significant pressure on him to publicly apologise. Again in 2004, Greg criticised Lance Armstrong for continuing to “…convince everybody of his innocence”.
In 2008, Greg's family company, LeMond Cycling Inc, sued Trek Bicycles for failing to properly promote and distribute the LeMond brand and attempting to ‘silence’ Greg's public comments about Lance Armstrong. Subsequently, Trek Bicycles severed its business relationship with LeMond Cycling Inc.
FestinagirlSocial media mover
Festinagirl has been described by Pat McQuaid as a “nom de plume idiot” and by the New York Times as a prime social media mover in the fight to take back the sport from “powerful dopers and liars and their enablers in the media”.
She is a cycling fan and sees fans not only as key stakeholders in the sport but as one of the only truly non-compromised voices within it – a voice that is finally being recognised and listened to as crucial in moving the sport forward.
Eric BoyerSporting Director
Eric Boyer is a former French cyclist who raced professionally between 1985-1995. He won three stages of the Giro d’Italia and participated in eight Tours de France.
After six years as a consultant for television and the press, Eric took over as manager of the cycling team Cofidis in 2005 to save the team in the aftermath of the Cofidis doping affair, which involved a soigneur and several riders including Philippe Gaumont and David Millar. The now 48-year-old succeeded in restoring the team's credibility and brought the outfit back to success.
In January 2008, Eric was elected as president of the AIGCP and supported the positionof ASO against the UCI with respect to a dispute between the two parties at the time. On 7th March 2008 the UCI called for Eric to resign from this position and subsequently, the role was filed by Jonathan Vaughters.
In June 2012, Eric left the professional team, Cofidis, being blamed for a lack of team performance by team manager, François Migraine. As one UCI Rider Agent put it: “It’s surprising to reproach to Eric Boyer for having failed in terms of rider recruiting when it was actually François Migraine who directly negotiated the contracts, often behind Boyer’s back”.
David Walsh, author and sportswriter for the Sunday Times, has written four books on Lance Armstrong, including L.A. Confidentiel: Les secrets de Lance Armstrong. This publication presented circumstantial evidence of Lance Armstrong having used performance enhancing drugs.
Armstrong and his lawyers filed lawsuits in various countries against the book’s authors and the publisher Editions de la Martiniere, as well as against the Sunday Times which referenced the book.
Many of the incidents and allegations in the book were featured in the USADA 2012 report on the US Postal Service cycling team.
Antoine VayerProfessor for sports and physical education
Antoine Vayer chose medical studies over a professional cycling career, majoring in sports and physical education.
From 1995 he worked with Festina as the first real “cycling trainer”, where he introduced modern methods of studying athletes to create training plans for increased performance. After the 1998 affair, he left Festina to create “AlternatiV”, to encourange scientists and the riders to use his methods. He attended the Festina trial in 2000 as a “performance expert” and “morality witness”.
Today, Vayer teaches as a professor for sports and physical education in Brittany and is a contributing author for the French magazine “Le cycle”.
He as written two key books, Pouvez vous gagner le Tour? and La pleine puissance en Cyclisme. He has organised two conferences on issues surrounding doping in cycling, and built a manifesto 100 pour 2000. Today Antoine writes for Le Monde.
Andy LayheCo-Founder, Bike Pure
Co-Founder of Bike Pure, Andy Layhe operates Bike Pure from Sydney, Australia.
Bike Pure's mission is to promote sporting ethics, anti-doping education, awareness and respect to cyclists and cycling fans worldwide through positive measures. Bike Pure aim to ensure riders are never faced with a decision to dope.
Cycling fans deserve honest, authentic performances based on trust and integrity.
Andy is also a former junior cyclo-cross junior international, British National Series winner and Northern Ireland champion and has raced for more than 20 years across all disciplines.