PARIS -- The Tour de France won't accept riders who refuse
to sign a new anti-doping charter.
Cycling's governing body, the UCI, introduced the charter June
19 and asked all 600 ProTour cyclists to sign. Tour director
Christian Prudhomme said the race will, if necessary, go to the
Court of Arbitration for Sport to try to reject riders who refuse to sign.
"We will oppose the presence at the start of the Tour de France
of riders who have not signed the UCI's anti-doping charter,"
Prudhomme said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde
The Tour de France starts July 7.
The UCI asked riders to pledge they are not involved in doping
and that they will submit DNA samples to Spanish authorities
probing a massive doping ring there. In the statement, cyclists
also pledge to pay a year's salary on top of their two-year ban if
found guilty of drug use.
The UCI will publish on its Web site a list of those cyclists
who sign. Although the federation can't force riders to sign, the
UCI is asking team managers to consider that when deciding whether
to enter riders in a race.