14 Nov 2012

Doping hotline setup for cyclists

5:50 pm on 14 November 2012

A doping hotline is to be set up for cyclists who have information on fellow riders using performance enhancing drugs.

The president of cycling's international governing body Pat McQuaid says the new hotline will be confidential.

McQuaid says the UCI needs to be more accessible to riders wanting to discuss doping related issues.

Last month the UCI ratified the decision by the United States Anti-Doping Agency to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from the sport for life.

McQuaid has also rejected complaints by some riders that the governing body hasn't followed up their tip-offs.