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UCI approves reduced sanctions for cooperation with CIRC

Cycling News
February 1, 19:25,
February 1, 18:26
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, February 3, 2014

Admitted dopers get incentives to help investigation

The UCI today announced that its Management Committee approved regulations under which the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) can offer reduced punishment to those who admit to past doping offences while aiding the CIRC in its investigation into cycling's past.

The CIRC will be headed by Swiss politician Dick Marty, and will be tasked with delving into allegations that the UCI was ineffective at combating the rise of doping in the peloton at best, and complicit at worst, as well as examining what went wrong in the sport to contribute to the rampant use of EPO. The UCI hopes that a thorough investigation will help restore the credibility of the sport.

"Our Management Committee has started the year with some great steps for our sport," UCI president Brian Cookson said. "In particular, we have further developed on my commitment to an independent investigation with the approval of the regulations under which the CIRC will work."

The UCI has stepped back from offering a full amnesty, but with the latest announcement is clearly providing incentive for riders and staff to come forward with evidence.

Whether or not Lance Armstrong could benefit from giving testimony remains to be seen. According to a previous article in the Telegraph, the CIRC would only have power to reduce the ban for riders admitting to doping offenses but who have not already been convicted of them.

Any reduction in Armstrong's ban would reportedly have to be negotiated with USADA.

Lightening Toke 7 months ago
They'll rush to door. The que to confess will line out for a kilometre. Neither the UCI nor this committee can believe that someone who is in little or no jeopardy of being caught for past or current offenses is going to confess for a reduced ban. So, this is nothing more than political theatre. Either Cookson was lying like a good pol during his campaign when he spoke approvingly of a Truth and Reconciliation, or he is now just too afraid to admit he doesn't have the power to bring it about, in which case, proposing this silly thing is a kind of deception. (I can't get a real amnesty program done, so instead of admitting defeat I'll offer reduced bans and insist it could turn out to be an effective tactic, even though it obviously will not.) USADA could offer reduced bans to good effect only because of the legal sword of a perjury charge hanging over the heads of those who testified in the federal grand jury as well as Vaughters' insistence that his riders testify truthfully whenever summoned. The UCI now has neither fork to leverage any confession for a reduced ban.
BigBoat 7 months ago
In the case of the Garmins (former garmin riders) I think they just voluntarily went in.... I dont think there were any threats made on them. But its very true that nobody is going to admit to something they haven't been caught for, I certainly wouldn't!
BigBoat 7 months ago
Or almost nobody (excluding the Garmin men.)
nepetalactone 7 months ago
It's amazing what a subpoena can do.
ShawnB 7 months ago
Well, the Garmins were under threat. They'd heard who had initially spilled beans and who had subsequently been contacted to testify to Novitzky, and so thought their own names were likely to have come up or would shortly come up. Better to go in proactively and strike a deal, sooner, than be called in with a case open against them and no deal possible, later. That's just good strategy, as their lawyers surely told them. But, with a large, aggressive, open Federal investigation proceeding which they knew could implicate them, they had to man up, walk in the door and accept some punishment and public shaming, to get some leniency. So there was a threat. A big one. And the Garmins did what they could to reduce it. Will the CIRC create the same fears in the current peloton? Will their investigation be large enough or aggressive enough to put the same factors at work in threatened riders? Are any of the investigators a Novitzky? Are any of them a details man like Tygart? Hard to say. Yet, some of what USADA unraveled might be enough to keep teasing important threads apart in the tapestry. It could start to work similarly; testify before you get testified against. But that would be a long journey, and I'm not sure the CIRC has leverage the way the U.S. Feds originally did to compel meaningful testimony. So LT's gloom-and-doom pronouncement might be the case. Or, given CIRC's stick and many secrets outside of USADA's jurisdiction already spilled, it might not -- it's early days. But it's not a clear swing and a miss just yet...
nepetalactone 7 months ago
Nicely put. You too, LightningToke.
Sarcastic Wet Trout 7 months ago
If USADA was such a big legal threat, why didn't they get the details from Chris Horner and the rest of the redacted riders and team managers? Because USADA has no legal authority.
Max Headwind 7 months ago
Shawn, Garmin was pretty candid about doping long before the Grand Jury. I mean they started the questions with a Team focused on clean cycling during the Armstrong Era composed of many past USPS riders. A slap in the face of the most powerful cartel in cycling history. How much more did they need to spell it out? The investigations were to some degree a progression of those efforts.
Evan Shaw 7 months ago
Lincoln said in order to criticize you must genuinely love something and do something constructive to help The above remarks IMHO seem to be in without constructive merit and are less than factual in foundation and conclusion Cookson is doing everything in his power to realign and reform the UCI and it's relationship to oers
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azureskies 7 months ago
Good on Cookson. The Omerta days need to pass, and since so many were involved, why not get the riders, who were forced to dope to talk, and bring them back into the sport. I am talking important individuals, like Jorge Jaske, Lance Armstrong, and Sean Kelly.
Pedal Pusher 7 months ago
You are living in La la land if you think riders were forced to dope - it's always a choice and that's the choice that Jorge Jaske, Lance Armstrong, and Sean Kelly made over years
simo1733 7 months ago
That's the first time I have heard anyone suggest that Lance was forced to dope.In any case Lance was sanctioned by USADA not UCI.If he wants a reduced sentence he would have to talk to them.So far he has refused.
Max Headwind 7 months ago
It will be interesting to see where this leads, I for one think the sword should be double edged. Amnesty for those who come forward, but if it is found later an athlete failed to fully disclose or perjured him/herself they should be banned for life.
Struggles 7 months ago
The more the truth comes out the better, but the main game for this committee is surely not to winkle out more past dopers but to shine a light on the UCI and its processes, with the goal of creating and maintaining a clean sport.
Digimon 7 months ago
Is this topic getting really dull and pointless .
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cantpedal 6 months ago
with the anti doping laws in France and some other European countries you have to wonder how many riders will willingly cooperate and expose them selves to legal problems.