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by Shane Stokes
December 16, 2014
The Androni-Venezuela team has announced that it has required its riders to sign a substantial anti-doping pledge, under which anyone testing positive would have to pay a large fine and also cover the cost of damages incurred by the team.
The Professional Continental team announced that the agreement has been drawn up by the notary Marco Marvaso, the team’s lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone and the team manager Gianni Savio, and has been signed by all of the riders and also the team’s technical staff.
It said that the proposal had been recommended by the team management in order to reinforce what it says is a zero tolerance policy on the squad.
“The rules specify that the transgressors [in the case of a doping positive – ed.] will have to pay a fine of €100,000, plus compensation for additional damages which the team would incur,” it said in a statement.
“Therefore, together with the strict and effective rules already in force, the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team introduces and promotes a new one [regulation] which confirms the way the team intends to work in the next seasons.”
The team was previously known for signing several riders coming back from suspensions, including Franco Pellizotti and Emanuele Sella. Savio has said that he believes such riders deserve a second chance. However he changed his stance towards the end of last season, saying that he would not take on any more riders who had such histories.
Pellizotti was allowed stay on board as he was already a member of the team at that point.
Both he and Sella are expected to stay on board next season.