The Director's Committee of the CPA (Association of Professional Cyclists) held a meeting in Aigle, Switzerland on Saturday, February 25, also attended by UCI president Hein Verbruggen. While CPA president Francesco Moser welcomed the UCI's global cycling reform and reaffirmed the CPA's adherence to it, he also rejected the Code of Conduct signed by the ProTeams. In a press release, the CPA declared the Code to be "beyond the framework of legal jurisdiction, the UCI regulations being restricting and dissuasive enough for the riders."
Furthermore, the CPA stated that if an Ethical Code was to be elaborated, only a document respecting the law and the rights of the riders could be adopted if it was accepted jointly by the CPA, the AIGCP (International Association of Professional Cycling Groups) presided by Manolo Saiz and the AIOCC (International Association of the Organisers of Cycling Races), currently directed by Victor Cordero, organiser of the Vuelta a España.
Last December, the AIGCP submitted the draft of the Ethical Charter to the UCI. Soon after, it was signed by the then existing 19 Proteams, its key measures being the suspension of a rider as soon as a positive test is announced; dismissal of riders confirmed positive and a four-year ban on the hiring by another ProTour team of any rider who tests positive. However, a proposal that teams themselves should be sanctioned if their riders test positive, was abandoned.
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