Press Release: Statement from the AIGCP re: the race radio ban

Press Release: Statement from the AIGCP re: the race radio ban

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Statement from the AIGCP

17th March 2011 – The AIGCP (Association International de Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels) together with the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés) were notified yesterday by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) that they cannot participate in today’s CCP (Conseil Professionnel du Cyclisme) meeting.

Following is a statement from the AIGCP:

One of our desires is to help improve the governance of cycling. We cannot be effective in this when we are not allowed to participate in these meetings. Being invited and then removed, in a matter of days, from these meetings, depending on the whim of UCI management is unacceptable. To be clear, the teams remain unified in their stance on the radio issue. Cycling is a team sport and as such, communication is key for the athletes and the coaches. We continue to hope – and push – for an amicable resolution to this issue.

However, if the use of radios in all professional cycling events is not permitted by May 1st, all of the teams have signed an accord that simply states that we will not participate in the Tour of Beijing, which is the only event in professional cycling that the UCI not only governs, but also promotes. This way we avoid actions that could be damaging for any race organizer that does not have any say or vote in the governance or regulation of the sport or any race that is part of cycling’s rich history.

Our objective in this action is to ensure that the people that actively work in field of professional cycling also have a vote in its regulation. Fair, logical, and agreed upon regulations are our goal. We hope the UCI will become our partner in achieving this objective.