The International Cycling Union (UCI) must quickly follow up on an Independent Commission report and implement a series of simple measures to eradicate doping, French League and World Tour team FDJ boss Marc Madiot said.
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Reuters

7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:35 PM

The 227-page report published on Monday shows that doping is less
prevalent in cycling although it has not been eradicated, and recommends
that the UCI works closely with governments to track down cheats.

Frenchman Madiot, a double Paris-Roubaix champion in his professional
career as a rider and at the head of the FDJ team since its inception
in 1997, believes three measures could quickly produce results in the
fight against doping.

"(UCI president) Brian Cookson wanted his report,
he's got it. Now, action," Madiot, who led France's Thibaut Pinot to the
Tour de France podium last year, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"I'm not interested in the report, I'm interested in what is going to
be done afterwards. I mean right now. In this report there are many
things we already knew. The most important is what is going to be
proposed and that is where I expect a lot from the UCI and Cookson."

Among the CIRC recommendations was that the UCI should make more use
of an article in its anti-doping regulations stating that in case of
strong suspicion a rider can be tested outside the 6am-11pm window.

"I
heard that. Why not?," said Madiot. "Simple things can be done: first
off, a rider should not have access to his biological passport."

The
biological passport, launched in 2008, is a record for riders, in which
profiles of biological markers of doping and results of doping tests are
collated over a period of time. It helps the authorities detect
abnormal values to a rider's blood data.

"You should not give a rider
his passport so he can't be tempted to re-balance his blood data,"
Madiot explained.

The CIRC report showed that riders would abuse corticoids by requesting – and easily getting Therapeutical Use Exemptions (TUE).

Corticoids are an anti-inflammatory drug that are allowed out of
competition but forbidden during competitions unless a rider is granted a
TUE.

"The corticoids? You just have to say 'stop', it costs nothing. If
a rider is ill and needs corticoids, you just tell him to rest and get
treated. You don't race if you're sick or injured," said Madiot.

"End
the use of corticoids, night-time testing, not giving a rider access to
his passport. These are easy measures that cost nothing.

"You should
also ban those doctors who have been involved in doping scandals and
continue to work with teams, and force riders to race instead of
disappearing from the team environment for three months," he added.