UCI extends antidoping charter to Pro Continental teams

UCI president Pat McQuaid travelled to Geneva today to meet with the organisation's Professional Continental teams and to extend to them the "Riders' commitment to a new cycling" and the "Managers' and other team staff's commitment to a new cycling" antidoping pledge. McQuaid appealed to the teams to sign the documents, which were signed by the most ProTour teams and staff, albeit at times begrudgingly.

According to a UCI press release, 641 riders, managers and other staff members have signed the pledge which states that they will forfeit a year's salary if they violate antidoping rules. The agreement hasn't had a chance to stand up to any legal challenges following the recent Tour de France positives of Alexander Vinokourov and Cristian Moreni, both of whom signed the charter.

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