Professional Cycling Council meets in Milan
The Professional Cycling Council (CCP), the body that has replaced the UCI ProTour Council since the creation of the UCI WorldTour, held its first meeting today in Milan, Italy.
UCI President Pat McQuaid opened the meeting by passing on the congratulations of the Director of the World Anti-Doping Agency regarding the way in which recent cases had been handled. He then informed the CCP members of the reason for the absence of Messrs Jonathan Vaughters and Gianni Bugno, who had been formally invited to choose between participating in the meeting and standing by the AIGCP and CPA in their threat to launch boycotts and strikes against the proposed ban on the use of earpieces during races.
While regretting their decision not to take part in today’s constructive discussion, particularly as regards the safety aspects of the issue, President McQuaid regretfully noted this new element of tension in the situation. It will not, however, change the UCI’s position on the subject.
Over the first half of the day the CCP discussed at length the fundamental principles of the anti-doping campaign, in particular the length of suspension to be imposed in the event of a first serious violation of the rules.
After analysing in detail the existing legal framework, notably the World Anti-Doping Code, and other constraints that must be taken into account in the evaluation and management of every doping case, the CCP decided to recommend increasing the suspension period for doping offences involving a serious substance from two to four years.
The CCP also asked the UCI to look into the possibility of introducing a system of penalties to be applied to teams looking to take on a rider returning to cycling after a period of suspension for a doping offence.
After reviewing the 2012 calendar the CCP also agreed to evaluate the feasibility of including a “Sprint Challenge” event in the Quebec and Montreal Grands Prix, with the cooperation of the UCI ProTeams. The concept was trialled as a demonstration event in 2010.
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