Dopers urged to come forward to help shape cycling's future

Cycling Independent Reform Commission says it will offer reduced suspensions to anyone that can co-operate in its mission to clean up cycling

The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) asked today for people to testify on the sport's past. It wishes to learn from the rocky period spanning from the Festina Affair in 1998 to the recent Lance Armstrong scandal and to make recommendations. It said it will offer reduced suspensions for those who cooperate.

"The primary purpose of our investigation is not to punish doping offenders but to learn from the past so we can help ensure a better future for cycling," said Dick Marty, Chairman of the commission. "We will treat all witnesses fairly and so I urge anyone in the cycling community with information that can help our investigation to come forward."

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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.