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By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001
All bike races in Italy will be suspended starting June 18. This shocking news from the French news agency AFP comes in response to the drug bust and scandals surrounding the Giro d’Italia. Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) has made the decision to suspend “all national cycling activity from athletic and amateur categories,” according to the Federation.
An ethics committee presided by former national team coach Alfredo Martini and co-ordinated by Sergio Fusaro, the president of the Council of Professional Cycling, has been instructed to define a code of conduct. The federal committee of the cycling federation will meet on June 23 “to adopt the necessary deliberations in the case that an ethical code of conduct has not been written down”. Mario Cipollini will be part of the ethics committee as well as doctors, team directors and race organizers.