UCI: Health Mate-Cyclelive team manager committed ethics violations
The UCI announced on Monday that, following an investigation by a third party agency, the UCI Ethics Commission determined that “violations of the UCI Code of Ethics had been committed” by former Health Mate-Cyclelive team manager Patrick Van Gansen.
The Ethics Commission opened an investigation into Van Gansen following the submission of multiple complaints against him by former members of the UCI Women’s Team. According to Cyclingnews, three riders filed separate complaints as of June of last year, and several more corroborated those claims to Cyclingnews and other media outlets.
The complaints implicated Van Gansen in multiple incidents of sexual harassment or abuse of Health Mate-Cyclelive riders.
As the number of riders alleging violations subsequently grew, the UCI referred the investigation to an outside agency, The Sport Resolutions. Meanwhile, the team shuttered at the end of 2019 as sponsors pulled their backing.
On Monday, after the independent investigating agency submitted its report, the UCI announced its determination that ethics violations had been committed. The UCI Disciplinary Commission will now take over the case to determine what sanctions will be imposed on Van Gansen, who, at present, is no longer known to be working for any pro teams.
The timeline for disciplinary action to be announced is unclear. According to the UCI’s statement, “In view of the ongoing status of the proceedings, the UCI shall not make any further comment for the time being.”