Cycling: Stephens looks set to compete at Games

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NEIL STEPHENS is expected to take his place at this month's Commonwealth Games despite being kicked out of the Tour de France when his team became embroiled in a doping scandal.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) yesterday urged national federations to be tough on cyclists thrown out of the Tour. The UCI has told those who had riders implicated in the Tour drug scandal that they had until 13 September to decide on sanctions. The Commonwealth Games start on 11 September, and Stephens has been selected in Australia's road race team.

Cycling Australia's chief executive, Graham Fredericks, had asked the UCI for more information about the Festina case. "Until there are formal charges laid against Neil, really there is nothing we can do," he said.

Richard Virenque, a leading French rider, has admitted to police investigating the Tour de France drugs affair that he had taken banned medication, despite earlier denying ever having done so.

Francesco Casagrande, the fifth-ranked rider in the world, has been suspended for six months by the disciplinary commission of Italy's professional league because he twice tested positive for banned substances.