Riders threaten to boycott blood tests
After UCI doctors carried out blood tests in a hotel corridor at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this week
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The Association of Professional Riders (ACP) has announced that its members are considering refusing to submit themselves to International Cycling Union-regulated blood tests after similar tests at Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday were undertaken in a hotel corridor in the early hours of the morning. The ACP and its Italian affiliate complained that carrying out testing in these conditions was unacceptable.
“We strongly call on the UCI to respect the rules and announce that the riders will not accept a repetition of similar episodes,” said a CPA statement. “The riders confirm their full willingness to undergo all the tests under the rules of the sport but call for the creation of methods that protect their dignity and privacy.”
According to UCI regulations, tests of this kind should be carried out behind closed doors. However, riders have said that Wednesday’s tests were conducted where other riders and team staff could observe what was happening. There were no non-cycling guests in the hotel concerned, which had been completely taken over by the race.
The UCI responded to the complaint with an apology. “We are very sorry about the lack of privacy during the recent tests and the UCI doctor responsible involved has already apologised to the riders. We’ve always shown the maximum respect to the riders while carrying out the tests,” said a UCI spokesperson.