A new report into drugs in cycling says that as many as 90% of cyclists were involved in doping.
This has to stop. Taking performance enhancing drugs dilutes the true competition of an event and it has become a serious issue in my own sport.
I was a legend among my peers. I would be stopped in the street and asked for selfies, I couldn’t buy my own pint in a pub, I’d get dragged from group-to-group and asked to tell them the story of my latest conquest. They couldn't believe they things I’d achieved and dreamed of one day being able to do them themselves.
Even children used to speak of my feats with admiration and awe in their voice. I saw them on the playground pretending to be me, copying my moves as they played with their friends.
I felt pride in what I did every weekend - I didn’t do it just for myself, I did it for everyone. Yes I got the fame and glory but the entire community got to revel in my achievements and they all enjoyed it.
Now my victories are tainted. I’ve pulled off some incredible results and had people sneer at me and call me a junkie. Some of my greatest results are questioned and mocked now the trust has gone. The community I once loved, and that once loved me, now looks down on me like a leper.
Children nowadays look up to athletes perceived as clean like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi - jokers who couldn’t hold a candle to what I do.
Lance Armstrong and his ilk have ruined my life and this is why I demand a complete end to all doping in sport.
Our sport is clean and professional - I had never even heard of some of the drugs that we get accused of taking and I don’t know a single one of my fellow top athletes who would disrespect the game by taking them.
However, I accept that some wannabe superstars take them in a bid to get up to our level, and that is why today I am calling for a complete ban on cocaine, ecstasy and viagra as the only way to return the glory and competition to the sport of shagging about.
I don’t want my kids growing up in a world where they don’t think they can go out and pump a wee Kendall Jenner lookalike because they’ve not taken any dodgy substances. I want my children to believe in themselves and to know they can get it done through nothing but hard work, alcohol, and low self-esteem.
So this weekend make sure you get that bird back to yours legitimately and without a shred of doubt. You don’t want to take home a 9.5 on Saturday only for it to be claimed on Monday you were only still up from the Friday thanks to cocaine and you only got it up because of the little blue pill.
Don’t let your conquest be questioned. Stay clean and think of the kids (but not while you’re doing it).