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UCI asks riders for written statement

By:
Hedwig Kröner
Published:
June 29, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:18 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 29, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

The ongoing investigation in doping matters by Spanish authorities has led the president of the...

The ongoing investigation in doping matters by Spanish authorities has led the president of the International Cycling Union, Pat McQuaid, to "strongly recommend" the ProTour teams to ask the riders taking part in the Tour de France, "to sign a written statement certifying that they are not involved in this case (with a clause that if their statement proves to be incorrect, they would immediately leave the team and pay a substantial indemnity)."

The UCI made this recommendation known to the press via an official communiqué on Wednesday afternoon. "Riders who would refuse to provide such statement, must be replaced," the press release continued. "Should convincing official information be provided to the UCI during the Tour it will request the immediate withdrawal of any rider implicated and that he remain inactive until the disciplinary process is completed."

However, the ProTour has been set up under European laws, and the legality of this demand is not yet clear.

Furthermore, the UCI Licence Commission has made known its stand in the ongoing discussion about team Astana-Würth and its participation at the Tour de France. The Commission has met on Wednesday, June 28, and "took note of the latest developments in the case in relation to supposedly generalised doping practices. None of the information communicated to this day to the Licence Commission concerning these practices, has come from official sources.

"However, should facts related by certain media be confirmed, and the Commission receives a request for a withdrawal of licence, the proceedings prescribed by the regulations will be started."

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