CPA discusses Moser's statements and ethical code

During its general meeting of October 14, 2006, which was held in the Grand Hotel di Como, the CPA...

During its general meeting of October 14, 2006, which was held in the Grand Hotel di Como, the CPA (Association of Professional Cyclists) discussed the declarations that its President Francesco Moser made during an interview with Italian television. Moser's comments on anti-doping in the sport had generated some speculations that he was recommending the liberalization of doping.

Moser's explanations to the association were clear and convincing, so much so that the CPA is now believes that the comments were taken out of contested by the media, creating an unnecessary controversy.

The CPA went on to note, in the light of the recent events, its opposition to the Ethical Code established by the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP). According to the CPA, the AIGCP code "showed how arbitrary, incoherent and inapplicable it is: some riders were prosecuted as if they were delinquents ... whereas some others, being the subject of procedures, continue to race."

The CPA further stated, "To avoid such kind of problems and to get out of the prevailing confusion and suspicion, the CPA invites the AIGCP to remove [from the] ethical code all provisions and standards which make it possible for the trade teams to exclude..., or even only to suspend, riders arbitrarily on the only basis of suspicions or deductions. ... An unambiguous answer should be given before the very beginning of the next season."

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