Anti-Doping Norway have partnered with CADF to deliver testing at the Championships ©Getty Images

Anti-Doping Norway (ADNO) and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) have announced they will collaborate on testing carried out at the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Road Championships in Bergen.

In a statement, both bodies stated that the collaboration would ensure efficient anti-doping controls at all the races during the Championships.

The approach will see sharing of information concerning athletes’ biological passports, as well as through data exchange regarding the localisation of the riders.

Based on intelligence, some samples will be kept, allowing subsequent analyses with the benefit of technical progress concerning detection methods.

“The relationships between ADNO and CADF have always been excellent,” said Francesca Rossi, director of CADF, the independent body mandated by the UCI.

“I am sure that CADF can count on the support of ADNO also in this specific and very important event.

“Both organisations will be present in the field.

“ADNO will provide CADF with a logistic support, appointing personnel who shall carry out the sample collection at the finish line and will share information gathered through intelligence in order to implement an effective test distribution plan.”

An awareness campaign for clean sport will also be in action during the Championships, with the World Anti-Doping Agency “#IRideClean” initiative due to be included.

The World Championships began today with the team time trials ©Getty Images
The World Championships began today with the team time trials ©Getty Images

ADNO are also set to establish a booth in Bergen, which, it is claimed, will allow people to show their “colours for clean performance”.

Toby Atkins, a cyclist confronted with a proposition to dope and who instead blew the whistle on his team, will also be present at the booth to talk about his experience.

Atkins will be a guest speaker at the UCI junior conference which will be attended by all the junior riders at the Championships.

“We are delighted to have reached this collaboration agreement with CADF for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen,” said Anders Solheim, ADNO chief executive.

“It is important for ADNO to join forces with the organisers of big events in Norway, and we look forward to contribute with our expertise and experience.

“I believe that cooperation between an independent national anti-doping organisation as ADNO and the CADF, set up to fight doping in cycling, is essential to provide the clean athletes with the protection they deserve.”

The Championships began today in the Norwegian city with the team time trial events.