Cycling teams can now be suspended in doping cases

UCI introduces tougher anti-doping rules: cycling teams can now be suspended for up to 12 months if two, three or more riders are found guilty of doping

The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has strengthened its anti-doping rules to include four-year bans, team suspensions and an international tribunal. Overnight, it rolled out its changes for 2015 and beyond based on the new World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).

Several of the changes were expected. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) introduced four-year bans in its 2015 code and the UCI at a September 2014 meeting said that it was planning for an international tribunal to take cases out of the national federations' hands.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.