14 Nov 2008

Bio-passport cases must have solid legal basis: UCI

7:18 am on 14 November 2008

The International Cycling Union, the UCI, says it believes cycling is on the verge of a revolution in its war on doping after incorporating the biological passport into its anti-doping rules.

The passports now being rolled out will allow the establishment of racer profiles to check cyclists' blood-levels and urine samples in the new season - some 800 such profiles have already been drawn up.

Anne Griper, head of the UCI's anti-doping commission, warned it was important to ensure that any case had a solid legal foundation as any of the samples could end up before a tribunal.