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by Shane Stokes
January 17, 2018
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One day after Lotto-Soudal suggested that the UCI wasn’t fully aware of its own rules in relation to the need for riders to be in the WorldTour testing pool for six weeks before riding the Santos Tour Down Under, the governing body has issued a statement in response.
Lotto-Soudal was unhappy that its neo-pro Bjorg Lambrecht was unable to start the Australian race. The UCI suggests the team was the one at fault. “To ensure a level playing field at the UCI WorldTour level, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) requires that all riders competing in the Series are subject to the Athlete Biological Passport programme run by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF),” it said in a statement provided to CyclingTips.
“Therefore, Article 2.1.005 of the UCI Regulations provides that a rider shall provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information to an Anti-Doping Organisation for a minimum of six weeks prior to his first participation in a UCI WorldTour event.
“By informing the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) only on 11 December 2017 of its intention to register neo-pro Bjorg Lambrecht for the 2018 season, the Lotto Soudal team had already exceeded the 6-week deadline for the 2018 Santos Tour of Down Under which was set on 5 December 2017. Article 2.1.005 of the UCI Regulations has been in force since 2009, and consistently applied to and complied with by UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental ever since.”
The confusion over the issue meant that Lambrecht didn’t start the Santos Tour Down Under, leaving Lotto-Soudal a rider short. The team said on Monday that he will be able to ride the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.