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Italian teams ‘forced pro riders to pay to race’

On-going investigation in Italy centres on the practice of certain cycling teams to charge riders to join them, and charge them again if they want to leave

Italian Teams ‘forced Pro Riders To Pay To Race’

Italian teams Androni, Wilier-Southeast and Bardiani required professionals to pay to race according to an ongoing investigation with testimony from Olympic gold medalist Elia Viviani1 (Sky). On Friday morning, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera lifted the lid on an Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) investigation. The case, after being closed twice by the Italian cycling federation (FCI), is going ahead thanks to the work of a CONI prosecutor.

Viviani did not have to pay to race, but confirmed in his June 14 testimony that Bardiani asked for money from Marco Coledan, the article read. Coledan, now with American WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo2, has denied the claims. But at least six other cyclists admitted to paying or to having to find sponsors to pay for their contracts.

The newspaper exposed the practice in both cycling and football last November. The practice has been easier to uncover in the two-wheeled sport.

>>> Bradley Wiggins s and Chris Froome s medical data released by Russian hackers3

The prosecutor called the managers of the teams Androni, Wilier-Southeast and Bardiani Gianni Savio, Angelo Citracca and Bruno Reverberi to testify. They risk a one-year to life ban, according to the article. They are accused of also signing professionals not for their sporting merit, but for the money they could bring to support the team. In addition, riders would have to pay in order to leave the team.

Cyclists parents or their family s business would be forced to cough up the cash to pay for a dream career as a professional. Italian Viviani, winner of the ominum gold medal4 in the Rio 2016 Olympics ahead of Mark Cavendish5, was CONI s star witness.

I remember, Viviani testified, that Coledan was surprised to learn that to break free from Bardiani he would have to pay a penalty. Because he said he received minimum wage, and no one had said that to free himself he d have to pay a sum of money.

The amount of this so-called penalty usually did not appear indicated with certainty and as a specific number.

The fee in what the article described as a 2+1 contract, or two years plus one big penalty went from ‘ 10,000 ( 8,450) to ‘ 15,000 ( 12,750) up to ‘ 40,000 ( 34,000).


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Bradley Wiggins’s and Chris Froome’s medical data released by Russian hackers

Some medical records of both British Tour de France winners have been leaked by hackers

Bradley Wiggins’s And Chris Froome’s Medical Data Released By Russian Hackers

Photo: Graham Watson

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says that Russian cyber hackers have released another batch of athletes medical records, which includes cycling stars Sir Bradley Wiggins1 and Chris Froome2. WADA reported twice this week that hackers known as Fancy Bear illegally gained access to its Anti-Doping Administrative Management System (ADAMS). It said on Tuesday that the hackers found their way in through an International Olympic Committee (IOC) created account for the 2016 Olympic Games3.

WADA is very mindful that this criminal attack, which to date has recklessly exposed personal data of 29 athletes, will be very distressing for the athletes that have been targeted; and, cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games4, said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA.

To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and, assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action. Wiggins and Froome, both at the 2016 Games, were part of the latest document dump involving 25 athletes.

The one earlier this week by Fancy Bear (Tsar Team APT28) exposed confidential records on tennis players Serena and Venus Williams and gymnast Simone Biles. The latest records do not indicate wrong doing5. They show Great Britain s star cyclists received a series of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) over the last eight years. The hacker posted the UCI6 Certificate of Approvals for Wiggins and Froome, as well as various PDF documents for other athletes.

Wiggins s certificate for triamcinolone cited he suffered from a life long allergy to pollen nasal congestion/rhinorrhoea sneezing throat irritation, wheezing leading to dyspnoea eye watering runny nose known allergy to grass pollen.

Wiggins s TUEs since 2008

13-Jun-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, as needed for one year
12-Dec-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, up to 2 puffs a day for one year
16-Dec-2008, salbutamol, Inhalation, once or twice daily
26-Jun-2012, triamcinolone acetonide (triamcinolone), Intramuscular, once
29-Jun-2011, triamcinolone acetonide (kenalog), Intramuscular, once
22-Apr-2013, triamcinolone acetonide (triamcinolone), Intramuscular, once

Wiggins in this period rode for teams Highroad, Garmin and Sky.

Froome avoided TUE because of criticism

Froome applied for TUEs only at the time of the Crit rium du Dauphin 7 in 2013 and the Tour de Romandie in 2014, according to the leaked documents. He received approval for corticosteroid prednisolone 40mg per day for one week in 2013 and again in 2014. Following the 2015 Tour de France8, Froome said he refused to apply for a TUE for an infection.

After everything we had been through in this year s Tour, especially the hostility from different people along the way, it just felt that if we go down this route, we are opening the door for a whole new wave of criticism and aggression, Froome told the Sunday Times.

It would have been within the rules, but I didn t want it to be the Tour de France9 that was won because he took this medication in the last week. Following the leak, Froome issued a statement on the leaked TUEs.

He did not deny that they were his.

I ve openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak, which only confirms my statements, Froome said.

In nine years as a professional, I ve twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014.

In response to the leak, Team Sky told Cycling Weekly10: The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process, as set out by UKAD, is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition .

Applications made by Team Sky for TUEs have all been managed and recorded in line with the processes put in place by the governing bodies.

Team Sky11 s approach to anti-doping and our commitment to clean competition are well known.

Other athletes records leaked

The leaked records also include three other British athletes: golfer Charley Hull, rugby player Heather Fisher and rower Sam Townsend.

Given this intelligence and advice, WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation and the global anti-doping system because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations12 that exposed state-sponsored doping13 in Russia, WADA s Niggli added.

We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop.


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UCI announces rule change for team time trial world championship after protest

Team time trial event at UCI Road World Championships is no longer compulsory for WorldTour teams

UCI Announces Rule Change For Team Time Trial World Championship After Protest

BMC in the Mens TTT at the 2015 World Cycling Championships

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI1) has announced that the team time trial event at the 2016 Road World Championships2 in Qatar in October will no longer be compulsory for all WorldTour3 teams in response to protests from squads. Previously, all WorldTour teams had to take part in the Worlds TTT, but a protest from the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels (AIGCP) representing teams has led to a change in the format. Several teams had said that they would boycott4 the event unless there was a rule change. The UCI and AIGCP have agreed upon the new regulations governing the event, which is the only discipline in the World Championships that sees riders compete as a trade team rather than national team.

In another change, there will no longer be any WorldTour points allocated to teams finishing highly in the event.

>>> UCI dismisses threats of Team Time Trial World Champs boycott5

Acknowledging teams concerns raised by the AIGCP, the UCI has opted for a non-compulsory format for UCI WorldTeams. As a result, no UCI WorldTour points will be awarded, bringing the Men s Team Time Trial event in line with the rest of the UCI Road World Championship event, said a UCI statement issued on Tuesday. According to the UCI, a number of WorldTour teams have already signed up to participate in the Worlds TTT, including defending champions BMC Racing.

Ag2r La Mondiale, Astana, Etixx-QuickStep, Movistar, Orica-BikeExchange, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha, LottoNL -Jumbo and Team Sky will also all take part.

The UCI said that it expects other teams to announce their participation in the days to come .


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