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by Shane Stokes
December 22, 2017
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Former world road race champion Gianni Bugno has confirmed plans to run for a third term as president of the professional riders’ association, the CPA. He announced his decision at a steering committee meeting in Milan, and said the change in the leadership of the UCI was one factor in his decision.
“The election of the new UCI President, Mr. David Lappartient, is among others, one of the reasons why Gianni Bugno will present himself to his own succession,” said the CPA in a statement.
Bugno elaborated on this. “I am convinced that it is important for the riders to work in continuity and it is important for me to lead some ongoing projects to completion, as David Lappartient also told me to do so,” he said. “All the members of this Steering Committee have expressed themselves in favour of this new mandate, and this touched me a lot and confirmed my choice.”
The CPA gave its thoughts on several issues in the statement, saying that it was against the decision to reduce team sizes in the peloton due to the loss of jobs that caused. It noted that the majority of the Professional Cycling Council backed the change, citing safety concerns and their expectations that races would become more attractive. The CP said that it will “check in 2018 if this will be really the case, and will eventually put this subject on the agenda if relevant.”
It also quoted the CPA Vice President Pascal Chanteur as saying that he would like to see an independent study of the performances of different disc brake systems. The CPA believes that riders should be able to test disc brakes in training, and to decide which system they want to use in competition.