Reuters posts, in the first news to come out of the UCI summit in Geneva Switzerland this morning, that all pro cyclists will be asked to sign an anti doping charter which would include promises to submit DNA samples to the OP investigators, and the forfeiture of a year's salary should any rider be found violating the intent of the pledge :
The letter, which begins with a declaration that the rider has not been involved in any past doping affair, will be sent to cyclists for signing by July 7.
Describing the document as "the riders' commitment to a new cycling", UCI president Pat McQuaid acknowledged that no-one could be forced to sign.
However, a full list of those who had signed and those who had not would be made publicly available on the organisation's Web site, he added.
The CyclingNews carries the same report on the UCI conference in Geneva:
The UCI has introduced a new anti-doping charter, it announced today in Geneva. Under it, all 600 ProTour riders must sign a statement before the Tour de France in which they agree to pay a year's salary if they are found to have used illegal doping products, in addition to the usual suspension they would face.
The VeloNews also covers the UCI conference held today with an AFP piece which contains this warning in the last paragraph:
Anne Gripper, head of the UCI's anti-doping program, believes that any rider who refuses to sign it would probably not start the Tour de France "not for legal reasons but because of the pressure."
Bloomberg also writes a short piece about the UCI conference held today, and adds that team doctors and officials will be asked to sign the pledge as well, since, to paraphrase Pat McQuaid, riders don't dope on their own.
The Spoof alerts us to the "burning manhood festival" which will coincide with this year's Tour de France and will celebrate the use of performance enhancement in sports. Guest of honor Floyd Landis will be presented with a key to the tent city. See disclaimer at bottom of story.
Rants and Revelations has a guilty secret, he still loves pro cycling, and really wants to believe Floyd Landis is innocent of doping charges.
Triple Crankset thinks that since Lance Armstrong and the current doping scandal engulfing Floyd Landis, there have been few competitive Americans to root for in pro cycling, and now it looks like we may lose one more.
Pabaon Sports summarizes some of the cycling news leading up to this year's Tour de France, and almost gets our name right, thanks for the plug anyway.
Pommi is back on his bike, and back with his blog. He is conflicted about getting the Floyd Landis book "Positively False", and is still waiting for the outcome of Floyd's arbitration hearing, though he feels relative confidence in knowing what the result will be.
Across the Great Divide got an email invite to the "Word for Word" Bryant Park event with Floyd Landis and John Eustice happening June 27th in NYC. and couldn't suppress the urge to go with sarcasm in his response. Here's some info on the event itself:
Floyd Landis, Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France
* Wednesday, June 27
* 12:30pm – 1:45pm
* Bryant Park Reading Room
Hosted by: John Eustice, Champion Bicyclist and Journalist
Floyd Landis relays his side of the story after being accused of taking banned performance–enhancing-drugs to win last year’s Tour de France.
The country's most celebrated authors speak about recent successes and their thoughts on being a writer. Introductions by the Bryant Park Bookworm, Miriam Tuliao, Librarian at the New York Public Library.
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TriFuel uses Landis as an example of how to misuse your new power meter -- by trying to do what he does, 425w/hr. The advice is to know when to put out 0 watts, and loaf along at less than threshold.
MalibuAdventures talked about the excitement of having the hearings at Pepperdine -- first we've seen it.
Zappoman still believes Landis, and thinks the UCI is a bunch of hypocrites.
WhoSportWhat somehow believes that the Landis USADA hearings will be decided before the start of the Tour De France this year. And with the UCI proclamation from today plus the cloud over Lance Armstrong the same doubts that pervaded the TdF last year still seem to be present.
Whitey and the Professor says a malfeasant corporation must have gone to the "Floyd Landis School of Damage Control." We'll assume it's not intended as a compliment on attacking on Stage 17.
Floyd Landis.com has been seen carrying an ad for Ambien CR, a sleeping pill; the first thing we read clicking on the link is, "Why spend another sleepless night?" Let's hope it isn't an endorsement, but placement along the lines of the steroid and supplement ads Google sometimes puts over there on the right hand side of TBV.
The Leadville100 entrant list doesn't seem to include Landis. Possibilities include blindness at TBV, clerical error, special dispensation, or that he's chickening out along with Lance. As long as Ned doesn't show up, maybe Fatty has a chance.