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UCI strips Bauge of track titles

Bauge will lose his individual sprint world title

The UCI announced Friday that it will annul world titles involving French rider Gregory Bauge after the track rider didn’t meet requirements for out-of-competition testing.

Bauge will lose his individual sprint world title and the French team will lose the team sprint title, as a result of Bauge’s participation as one of the three riders in the event in the 2011 world track cycling championships.

Bauge will be handed a one-year, back-dated suspension for violating the rules. The issue was first brought to the UCI’s attention by the French cycling federation in November.

Here is the UCI communique in full:

Following the decision on November 8th of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme’s (FFC) National Disciplinary Commission to inflict a one-year backdated suspension — from December 23rd 2010 to December 22nd 2011 — on Grégory Baugé for violation of article 21.4 of the UCI Anti-doping Regulation (two breaches of applicable requirements regarding rider availability and one missed test in 18 months) the UCI today informed the FFC that all the results obtained by the rider and by any team of which he was a member during that period have been nullified by this decision (art. 12.1.032.1 and art. 12.1.035)

The UCI is therefore obliged to correct the results of the events in which Grégory Baugé participated during this period.

As a consequence, the rider and the French team lose their individual sprint and team sprint titles won at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in March 2011.