French federation required to pay for accident

The French cycling federation (FFC) has lost its appeal in the case versus Patrice Sulpice, who crashed while training in preparation for the Worlds in Colombia, in 1995. The FFC has already paid over 600,000 euro and appealed to have to pay the rest. While the court of appeals in Chambéry sided with Sulpice, it reduced the initial amount required to pay, 1.35 million euro, to just over a million, according to AFP.

In 2001 a court in Chambéry had ruled that the FFC and the UCI (International Cycling Federation) were responsible for this accident by not coordinating the training sessions properly. In 2004 the court did rule that it was an unintentional accident, but faulted the federation for not informing the rider of additional insurance that would have covered the accident.

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