Determined to ensure to the greatest possible extent the safety of athletes racing in events in the UCI WorldTour, UCI Women’s WorldTour, UCI ProSeries, and classes 1 and 2, and of all people implicated in these events, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today publishes an updated version of the document detailing procedures to be followed with the reopening of the 2020 season of road cycling competitions.
This update aims to clarify the responsibilities of different groups for the benefit of everyone. The strengthened protocol is the fruit of numerous exchanges between the UCI and road cycling families, notably teams, drawing on their experience since the introduction of the health protocol published by the UCI on 19 June. Since then, the measures have been optimised, especially regarding mandatory viral diagnostic tests, with the increase of laboratory resources and the pooling of information between team doctors. The UCI has noted with satisfaction, a growing awareness among those implicated of the necessity to strictly apply the health measures in the interest of all concerned.
Taking advantage of this evolution and the progress made when it comes to accessing medical resources, the UCI, as the sport’s regulatory body, can today – in addition to fines already anticipated – impose more severe sanctions as appropriate for the desired goal and for the common good.
In accordance with the provisions of the protocol, in the case of teams failing to present proof, at the latest at the time of the rider’s confirmation, that the viral diagnostic tests required by the protocol have been carried out, the rider concerned will not be able to participate in that event. In general, a scale of sanctions (fine or other measures determined the Disciplinary Commission) will apply to any rider or team who does not implement the other mandatory measures in line with the protocol.
If an event organiser fails to implement the measures required by the protocol, the UCI will be able to take a series of measures ranging from formal notice to apply the adequate preventive measures within a fixed deadline, to a withdrawal from the UCI International Road Calendar of the event or any other event organised by the organiser during the period covered by the protocol. Fines may also be imposed by the Disciplinary Commission.
The UCI President David Lappartient declared: “In the interests of all, everyone must play the game faced with the risk of the spread of the virus. More than one and a half months after the publication of the protocol of procedures to be followed, and strengthened by improvements to the measures, it is important that all members of the road cycling family remain responsible for their actions. Respecting the requirements of the protocol is to act for the common good. At a crucial moment for our sport where, as we can see, the situation remains delicate, it is of the utmost importance to act more closely united and responsibly than ever.”
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