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The Professional Cycling Council announced Thursday that it will recommend to the UCI, cycling's governing body, that penalties for first-time doping offenses should be double what they are now, according to VeloNews. The Council is promoting four-year bans from racing for first-time offences "involving a serious substance" in place of the current two-year bans .
The definition of a serious substance remains unclear. The increased admonition of dope and riders who use dope, however, is clear. The Council also recommended penalties for teams that recruit racers found guilty of using prohibited substances.
Outside frequently checks out the doping scene, and past coverage includes the USDA investigation of Lance Armstrong and the stripping of Alberto Contador's 2010 Tour de France title.