Eddy Merckx calls for lifetime bans for motorised dopers

Eddy Merckx has called for the UCI to issue lifetime bans to cyclists who are found to be guilty of 'motorised doping'.

Photo: Chris Catchpole

Eddy Merckx has hit out against those found to be guilty of 'motorised doping' following the UCI's confirmation that evidence of a device being concealed inside the bike of a competitor was found during last weekend's Cyclocross World Championships.

Femke van den Driessche is the rider found to have been in possession of the illegal bike during Saturday's Women's Under 23 race but Merckx isn't convinced it is a one-off incident.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.