The International Association of Professional Cycling Teams (AIGCP) has voted unanimously to ask the UCI licensing commission to exclude Phonak and Astana from the ProTour immediately. In the context of the AIGCP, representatives 17 of the 20 ProTour teams (AG2R, Phonak and Astana were not present) met in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the latest affairs in cycling, specifically the doping scandals that have seriously damaged the sport in the last few months.
The AIGCP has asked for the following:
- At the UCI licensing commission's meeting next Monday, August 21, the licences of Active Bay (Astana) and AR Cycling AG (Phonak) should be suspended because of the "confusion and disastrous image given by the latest affairs."
- That the UCI will give the names of the riders implicated in Operacion Puerto by Tuesday, August 22 at the latest.
The AIGCP finished by stating that it will continue to apply its Code of Ethics in a very firm manner.
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009 - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto