Court orders French federation to compensate Bassons for 2012 suspension

Christophe Bassons at the 1999 Tour de France

A court has ordered the French cycling federation to pay Christophe Bassons €31,691 to settle a case stemming from an anti-doping suspension he was given in 2012 when current UCI President David Lappartient was head of the French governing body. The Court of Appeal of the Administrative Court sentenced the Fédération Française de Cyclisme to compensate Bassons, 44, for damages stemming from the one-year suspension it handed down for a technical anti-doping violation when he missed a post-race doping control at the French marathon mountain bike championships in September of 2012. Bassons, who was an outspoken critic of cycling's doping culture during his professional road racing career from 1996 to 2001, sued for damages. He won the initial case in 2016, but the federation appealed. Bassons was a member of the Festina team from 1996 to 1998 but refused to take part in the squad’s systematic doping programme. In 1999, ...

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