By Antonio J. Salmerón
The president of the Spanish Professional Association (ACP), José Javier Gómez, said to the press agency EFE that the antidoping measures announced by the president of the UCI, Pat McQuaid, could be "the last straw that breaks the camel's back," after a set of decisions "always against the cyclist."
"They leave you speechless. It is something that violates fundamental rights. Here people only talk about money, but more important things are already lost," Gómez added. The president of the ACP indicated that it is peculiar that "a few days before the Tour, when it was somewhat calm, the situation has heated up again. And the sad part is that it is cycling's very own people who are doing it."
According to the request to submit DNA in any doping case, Gómez said "that is nothing new because that is already signed by the cyclists. Nobody opposed this, if it is required by a judge, no matter if it the UCI or the AMA who asks for it.
The ACP President said that "while the president of the UCI recognizes that the cyclist cannot dope by themselves, why are the sanctions only for the cyclists, never for the directors or the organizers?" Gómez asked. "More than trying to uncover the doping plots they just want to go hunting for cyclists."