The UCI will penalize non-compliance with the protocol

The International Cycling Union (UCI) will sanction riders, teams and organizers of the race, according to what the body has explained in a statement.

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) will penalize non-compliance with the health protocol by runners, teams and race organizers, as explained by the highest body of cycling in a statement.

After the problems that appeared in the Vuelta a Burgos related to the Covid-19, causing the withdrawal of 5 riders who, without giving a positive result, were in contact with infected people, the UCI has stepped up to clarify aspects of the scale of sanctions that have been will apply in the coming weeks in case of non-compliance with sanitary regulations.

Satisfied with "the growing awareness on the part of the actors of the need to strictly apply the health instructions in the interest of all", the international body explains that it may take sanctions against runners or teams that do not respect the health instructions.

The UCI first declares that a runner may not compete in an event "in the event of equipment failure in terms of presentation of tests that demonstrate the performance of the viral diagnostic tests required by the protocol." Fines and other sanctions can also be distributed in case of non-compliance with the sanitary protocol. But this rigor should not be applied only by teams and riders, as the race organizers will also be particularly scrutinized.

According to David Lappartient, president of the UCI, "respecting the obligations of the protocol means acting on behalf of the collective." In fact, the UCI specifies "that in the event that an event organizer does not implement the measures required by the protocol, disciplinary measures could even lead to the withdrawal of the UCI international calendar.

"In the general interest, everyone should fight the risk of spreading the virus. More than a month and a half after the publication of the protocol of conduct to be followed, and with the improvements made to the device, it is important that each member of the road cycling family is responsible for their actions. " Respecting the obligations of the protocol, Lappartient explains, "means acting on behalf of the collective."

"At a crucial moment in the season for our sport, where, as we can see, the situation remains fragile, it is essential to act more united and responsible than ever."



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