UCI disappointed at Pereiro and AFLD; Etape Caledonia
Monday, January 22, 2007 12.00am
The UCI is not happy with Oscar Pereiro and the French Anti-Doping Agency over the salbutamol affair
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The UCI has expressed its disappointment at Oscar Pereiro and the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) with regard to Pereiro's salbutamol 'positive'. According to a statement, UCI president Pat McQuaid sent a letter to Pereiro, "in which he deplored his attitude towards the French Agency for the Fight against Doping (AFLD). "Having suffered from asthma for the last several years, Oscar Pereiro has authorisation (TUA) allowing him to treat this illness by using salbutamol, recognised by the UCI, the AFLD and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). At the 2006 Tour de France, traces of this product were found in his urine. However the result of tests carried during the race cannot be considered as a positive anti-doping control," read the statement. The UCI criticised Pereiro for his delay in providing this documentation to the AFLD: "This is considered as a failure to respect established administrative procedures. This serious negligence by the Spanish rider is regrettable and harms the image of cycling as a whole, although he is not guilty of any infringement." Finally, the UCI asked the AFLD to "refrain from publicly implying that a rider is guilty of a doping offence when he has only committed an administrative fault. Such an attitude does not help to support the cycling community, which is fighting more than ever against the phenomenon of doping." Etape Caledonia hits UK in June
Billing itself as the "UK's first ever timed mass participation cycling event on closed roads", the Etape Caledonia cyclo-sportif event will take place on June 24, 2007. The 133km (83 mile) course should be a challenge for the expected 2,500 participants. The route will take in the three lochs of Tummel, Rannoch and Tay, with some tough climbs (2,000m in all) in highland Perthshire. Organisers predict that the event will appeal to road racers and cycling enthusiasts, as well as triathletes and duathletes. "I am very excited that our search for a venue to establish a European-style closed roads cycle challenge has come to fruition with the launch of the Etape Caledonia," said Etape Caledonia Director, Kevin Stewart. "By providing UK cyclists with this demanding course under the umbrella of a road closure, we hope to set a new benchmark for competitive cycling in the UK." The full distance event will cost £49 to enter, with a shorter 28 mile course costing £25 being proposed. More information: www.EtapeCaledonia.co.uk
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