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Council recommends four-year doping suspension for first offence

At a meeting in Milan Thursday, the Professional Cycling Council decided to recommend a four-year suspension, rather than the current two-years, for the first doping offense "involving a serious substance."

At a meeting in Milan Thursday, the Professional Cycling Council decided to recommend a four-year suspension, rather than the current two-years, for the first doping offense “involving a serious substance.”

What substances would be defined as serious was not explained in a press release from the CCP released Thursday.

It was the first meeting of the CCP, which takes the place of the ProTour council. The council advises the UCI. (Related: CCP members)

The press release also discussed the pro riders’¬†association’s¬†decision to boycott the Tour of Beijing over the UCI’s radio ban. On the subject of doping, the council recommended the four-year ban and a penalty for teams looking to recruit banned riders.

“After analysing in detail the existing legal framework, notably the World Anti-Doping Code, and other constraints that must be taken into account in the evaluation and management of every doping case, the CCP decided to recommend increasing the suspension period for doping offences involving a serious substance from two to four years.

The CCP also asked the UCI to look into the possibility of introducing a system of penalties to be applied to teams looking to take on a rider returning to cycling after a period of suspension for a doping offense.”