The UCI, race organisers and ProTour teams are meeting in Switzerland this week to hammer out an eth
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Over the next two days, the International Cycling Union is hosting discussions with race organisers and team managers at their Swiss headquarters in Aigle that could lead to the agreement of an ethical code for cycling. The lack of an agreed code was one of the principal reasons why the organisers of the three major tours stalled for so long before agreeing to join the ProTour. According to Monday’s L’Equipe, UCI representatives, including organisation president Hein Verbruggen, are meeting with the race organisers today (Monday) and with the team managers tomorrow. While the first of these meetings is taking place at Aigle, the Association of Professional Cycling Groups (AIGCP) will be gathering in nearby Montreux in order to agree to a final version of an ethical charter that has been put together by a working group established during the world road championships in October. AIGCP vice-president and Crdit Agricole team manager Roger Legeay told L’Equipe that “once it is approved by the teams, this code will really exist. All that will remain to be done will be to become legally binding so that it can’t be attacked, and then integrated into the UCI’s regulations.” In addition to agreeing to sign up to the ethical code, the 19 teams that will take part in next season’s ProTour will also draw up their own ethical regulations, which are believed to be even more stringent than the UCI’s code. More details on both these agreements are due to be released later in the week.