The CPA, the professional cyclist's representative body, says that comments made by its president Francesco Moser on doping were taken out of context.
Moser had said on Italian TV, "If all riders can be brought to the same level then we should stick with doping controls. If not, then for the professionals perhaps the solution is [total legalisation]."
The CPA stated in a press release that it was anxious to underline that Moser's declaration should be considered in the context of a discussion that was a lot more complex than the simple sentence that was picked up by the media.
Moser also said that his comment constituted his personal opinion and not the views of the CPA and in no way was intended to weaken the fight against doping.