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Merckx calls for life bans for motorised doping offences

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Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx at the 2014 Tour de France

Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx at the 2014 Tour de France (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Femke van den Driessche (Belgium)

Femke van den Driessche (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Eddy Merckx has called for life bans for motorised doping and added that he believes such technological fraud to be a worse offence than the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Merckx’s comments follow the UCI’s announcement that it is investigating Belgian under-23 rider Femke Van den Driessche for technological fraud after a motor was discovered in one of her bikes at the Cyclo-cross World Championships on Saturday.