CPA has enough of doping control incidents: Riders have been tested on their wedding day or at funerals
Nov 07 2018 09:09 pm CET

CPA has enough of doping control incidents: Riders have been tested on their wedding day or at funerals
CPA has enough of doping control incidents: Riders have been tested on their wedding day or at funerals
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The Association of Professional Cyclists (Cyclistes Professionnels Associes, CPA) has reacted to the doping control episode of Pieter Serry at the Belgian Gala of the Flandrien.

The Belgian rider was attending the gala that chooses the best cyclist of his country when he was contacted by anti-doping officers who were waiting for him at his home. Despite the rider's request of any doping controls to be taken in the morning, he had to miss most of the event to give some samples to the inspectors.

Serry was upset about the entire episode and even compared his situation to a 'prisoner wearing an ankle monitor'. One day after, the CPA has also something to say to protect the private lives of the riders.

The CPA has filed a complaint to the UCI and the Cycling Anti-doping Foundation for the persistence of incidents like Serry's. Even if riders tell the places and times they have available every day to the anti-doping authorities, inspectors often appear at the most unexpected moments.

"There have been reports of cases where riders have been checked on their wedding day, during a funeral or on their children's first day of school," said the president of the CPA Gianni Bugno. "Now we heard the case of Pieter Serry.

"We can no longer accept this way of working, which doesn't take into account the privacy of the riders. They pay two-per cent of their prize money to make these checks possible. They are the only athletes in the world who finance the anti-doping system themselves. The riders respect the measures to fight against doping, but they do ask their private lives to be respected."
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