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Hondo calls for amnesty within pro cycling

Cycling News
November 28, 2012, 03:38,
November 28, 2012, 03:38
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD).

Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD).

  • Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD).
  • Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD)
  • Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD)

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German supports four-year doping bans

Danilo Hondo believes there should be amnesty within professional cycling to clear the slate of doping in its past and start anew. The 38-year-old German additionally voiced his support for four-year doping bans for riders caught using drugs such as EPO, growth hormones, testosterone, cortisone or masking agents.

"Since we all believe to know how it was in cycling, we should check off the past once and for all," Hondo told dpa. Going forward, Hondo called for "clear, transparent and strict rules for a uniform anti-doping system, which will be monitored and managed by the International Olympic Committee."

While the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently proposed an increased ban from two to four years regarding serious anti-doping violations, the proposals were part of the latest draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Hondo, however, wishes the four-year bans would come sooner. "There would be a December 31, 2012 deadline," said Hondo.

In light of USADA's investigation into Lance Armstrong, Hondo called into question why WADA has not initiated a case against Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes plus doping offenders outside of cycling.

After spending three years at the WorldTour level with Italian team Lampre, Hondo will be on a new team for next season with dpa confirming the rumours that the veteran German will join the Luxembourg-based RadioShack-Nissan squad in 2013.

Pignone Fisso More than 1 year ago
Good thing he wasn't "wishing" for the four-year bans a few years ago when he was suspended for doping.
Herbert More than 1 year ago
Tell you what, why don't we HANG all dopers, oh, but wait a minute, murderers only get 15 to 20 years. Hmmmm, oh okay, let's just KILL anyone who's ever done anything wrong, like not declare ALL their earnings to the Taxman, not owned up when they were given too much change etc etc. What a bunch of self-righteous numpties you all are. :@/
Ralph Kujawa More than 1 year ago
@Pignone wouldn't you agree if you were asked about it? The journalist obviously asked him what he thought about it. If he answers it is a bad idea then he is seen to be pro-doping. So he had no choice but to say it should be implemented.
miwi77777 More than 1 year ago
no amnesty for dopers. there are many, many others who deserve a first chance ahead of cheats getting second or third chances. if any of them (cheats) really wanted to show remorse they would step forward and talk BEFORE getting caught or retiring (are you listening hincape?).
BigBoat More than 1 year ago
Carrying on into the slightly less doped future of pro cycling....