The riders representing the UCI ProTeams met on last Friday 14 October in Legnano (I) with the President and the General Secretary of the CPA, Messrs. Francesco Moser and Daniel Malbranque as well as with J. Voigt who represents the riders within the UPTC and J L Rubiera, his assistant.
The new President of the UCI, Mr. Pat McQuaid, intervened in the meeting to confirm that the International Federation fully supports the CPA. The persons in charge of some National Associations also attended the meeting.
“The UCI considers the riders’ opinions” said President McQuaid “like being extremely important and the role of CPA is to guarantee the fundamental flow of information between the base and the top of our movement “.
President McQuaid attended the meeting with Mr. Vittorio Adorni, President of the UCI ProTour Council and with Mr. Alain Rumpf, UCI ProTour Manager, who informed the riders about the decisions the UPTC took during the session it held last September 22 in Madrid.
The General Meeting of the CPA took place on October the 17th, 2005 in Conegliano Veneto (I).
Among the subjects that were tackled during that meeting: the necessity of reinforcing the security in some races and the one of imposing some penalties on the organizers who don’t respect the requirements.
In that prospect, the riders would like to be represented during the reconnaissance and the homologation of the courses.
The members of the CPA also expressed the recommendation to bring forward to the day before the start of the race the medical visit organized before the Big Tours as foreseen by the regulation. Some precisions were given about the methods of assignment of the solidarity fund and also about the state of the discussions with the AIGCP in relation with the joint agreement.
Finally, the riders drew a rather positive assessment from the first season of the UCI ProTour : according to the members of the CPA the level of the UCI ProTour races is higher than it was in the past.
The riders also estimate that the stage races must continue to be disputed by teams of nine riders and that their duration should be reduced in order to allow the athletes’ better recovery. They think that an average of 80-85 days of race per annum would be physically bearable and thus possible.