ProTour's ethical code unveiled
After much discussion , the 19 ProTour teams have signed up to an ethical code of conduct that lays
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE On Monday the 19 teams that will take part in next season’s ProTour signed up to a 15-point ethical code that has since received the endorsement of International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen and Tour de France boss Jean-Marie Leblanc. Designed to ensure that all teams are signing from the same hymn sheet with regard to doping offences and other ethical concerns, the principal points of the new code are: – Agreement to place health and sporting ethics above all other considerations – Respect for the principles of fair play and respectful conduct towards the public, riders, race organisers, teams and national and international authorities – Exclusion of all types of remuneration within the sporting and medical sides of a team that are based on the results or performances of riders – Each rider must give written details to their employer about their personal trainer(s), doctor(s), and any other person outside the team set-up who is involved with their physical, medical or psychological preparation – The establishment of an advisory system that will inform riders of the dangers involved in the use of doping practices – Riders must provide precise details on their location at all times as laid down by the World Anti-Doping Code, so that a random doping control can be conducted on them at any moment – No rider who has been sacked as a result of anti-doping disciplinary procedure will be employed by any team – No rider can be employed who is the subject of an inquiry or criminal procedure based on facts related to their sporting performance, or because of an incident which constitutes an infringement of the UCI’s anti-doping regulations, or because of an intentional criminal act – Any rider (bearing in mind the national laws applying to their contract) or any team member must be sacked if they are convicted of a violation of the UCI’s anti-doping regulations. – No team can employ a rider who has been convicted of an intentional violation of the UCI’s anti-doping regulations for the four years subsequent to their conviction The new ethical code will come into operation at the start of the 2005 season.