Looks like a few folks will be going on a little vacation this July. Some time of the bike, perhaps? Some rest in order?
Bosses from cycling’s biggest teams met behind closed doors Wednesday night in an effort to fend off potential surprises ahead of next month’s Tour de France.
Following rumors that more riders could be linked to the OperaciÃ³n Puerto doping scandal, representatives from 19 ProTour teams decided in a heated three-hour meeting that any team not enforcing the Code of Ethics will not be allowed to race.
“Any team not respecting the ethics code will be excluded from the AIGCP,” said Patrick Lefevere, president of the professional teams association.
â€¦Riders cannot be excluded from racing on legal grounds, but teams agreed they would impose the code’s strict anti-doping language, introduced in 2005, which excludes riders from competition if they are under investigation.
This could be a very good thing. And this could be a very slippery slope. It all depends on how you define â€œimplicatedâ€, isnâ€™t it? Iâ€™ve read there are 50 odd riders â€œimplicatedâ€ in the infamous OperaciÃ³n Puerto documents.
This is 50 current riders, on pro teams. Assumedly on pro teams the caliber of those who participate in the Tour. There could realistically be one or two â€œimplicatedâ€ riders on each and every team slated to start. And that ain’t much of a stretch.
How many riders are staying home this year? And now many of those are top level riders? When are we going to see this list of 50?by