Alessandro Petacchi signed the UCI's anti-doping charter Tuesday, joining 18 of his Milram teammates who have already signed the document. In signing the agreement Petacchi, like all other riders who have signed, agrees to furnish a DNA sample to the Spanish judicial system if needed in the Operación Puerto investigation. In addition, riders who sign and are then found guilty on doping charges will face a minimum two-year suspension and be forced to pay one years' salary as a fine.
The Milram sprinter is still waiting to hear from Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri after undergoing two hours of questioning on Monday regarding his non-negative test for the asthma drug Salbutamol during this year's Giro d'Italia.
All of my riders have signed the document," said Milram General Manager Gianluigi Stanga to tuttobiciweb.com. "If someone has not yet signed it is because of a technical problem and they will sign soon." Igor Astarloa, Dennis Haueisen, Matej Jurco and Fabio Sabatini have yet to sign.