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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).

References

  1. ^ Elia Viviani (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Bradley Wiggins s and Chris Froome s medical data released by Russian hackers (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ winner of the ominum gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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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 .

References

  1. ^ UCI (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ 2016 Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Several teams had said that they would boycott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> UCI dismisses threats of Team Time Trial World Champs boycott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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