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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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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.