McQuaid pushes for longer doping suspensions

UCI president Pat McQuaid, Andy Jones at the Tour de France 2010

"International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid is pushing for longer doping suspensions. He told France's L'Equipe on Monday that he would like to ban EPO users for life.

"As president of the UCI, I know that it is legally too difficult to implement such a ban," said McQuaid. "I am, however, in favour of increasing the duration. There should be a four-year ban for those who take EPO. We're going to propose that to the national federations soon, they will need to be on the same line as us to prevent appeals to CAS."

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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.