Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish cycling legend Roche says dopers deserve lifetime ban

Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30

Cyclist Stephen Roche with his son, fellow cyclist and ‘Irish Independent’ columnist Nicholas
pictured in France
Cyclist Stephen Roche with his son, fellow cyclist and ‘Irish Independent’ columnist Nicholas pictured in France

Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche says he supports a life long ban for those caught doping.

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Speaking before taking part in this weekend's Leinster Loop charity cycle, Mr Roche said that a ban on cyclists using performance enhancing drugs should be "harsher".

Mr Roche (55), who won the Tour de France in 1987, said "enough damage had been done" to cycling and dopers should be hit with a bans and financial penalties.

"For me anybody that has been caught for doping should be banned for life, not just one two, three, four, five or six year bans," he said.

"There are guys out there trying to take short cuts and are doping.

"I feel they are totally disrespectful of anybody else cycling and I think the persuasion of a two or three year suspension isn't enough."

"I've been saying it for a long time now, we try and make excuses like the poor guy didn't know or the poor guy was under pressure or bullied, but I think whatever the reason, the thing is now...they can still come back."

Irish Independent

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