MAASTRICHT, Netherlands(AFP) – UCI president Pat McQuaid said he and the management of the international governing body of cycling will be following developments in an ongoing Italian doping case “very carefully” as it works its way through the court system.
Fourteen riders on the Lampre team roster in 2008 and 2009 and director Giuseppe Saronni have been implicated in a broad investigation of doping use and distribution in northern Italy.
McQuaid said he fully supports calls by Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco to impose serious sanctions against those implicated, particularly if they have been shown to be involved in distribution.
“Personally, I have often said that that I support raising a suspension from two to four years in especially serious cases,” McQuaid said. “It’s part of the World Anti-Doping Code and if there is a difference in between the global code and the laws in different jurisdictions, we have the option of seeking the more severe penalty.”
“In Italy there has been a serious investigation and a great deal of reform but there is still much to do,” said McQuaid, adding that local law enforcement has played a critical role in the fight against doping in all sports.