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UCI appeal against Berden's sanction

By:
Hedwig Kröner in Roubaix
Published:
April 11, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:52 BST
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Latest Cycling News for April 11, 2005

The UCI is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try to increase the sanction imposed...

The UCI is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try to increase the sanction imposed on Belgian cyclo-crosser Ben Berden, who tested positive and admitted taking EPO late last year. Berden was given a comparatively light 15 month sanction, and the UCI believes that it wasn't enough.

"I don't understand why the UCI want to get me," Berden reacted to VRT. "In contrast to a lot of others, I immediately admitted that I used EPO. I would have been better off staying silent. The UCI want to break me. After my 15 month suspension, I wanted to breathe new life into my career. But now, perhaps it's 'game over'. I'll go and work and benefit from life."

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