Tony Martin: The harder the penalty for dopers, the better

Etixx - Quick-Step rider says that there can be redemption for those that dope, but hard penalities need to be enforced on clear cases

Etixx-QuickStep team presentation, Calpe, Spain. January 2015

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Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin has said that he is pleased with the UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency's decision at the beginning of January to introduce tougher bans for riders who test positive, saying that he believes "the harder the penalty [for dopers], the better."

The German was speaking at the Etixx - Quick-Step pre-season training camp in Calpe, Spain, and having recently endorsed a draft bill in Germany that aims to make doping a criminal offence, was encouraged that a variety of stronger punishments existed for varying doping offences, and not only for riders.

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Richard Windsor

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