May 1, 2009 – Having examined the report from the President of the Commissaire’s Panel and studied the available TV images following the crash that involved in particular the riders Theo Bos (NED) and Daryl Impey (RSA) during the last stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour (Tour of Turkey), the International Cycling Union (UCI) has decided to refer the matter to its disciplinary Commission.
Indeed, the UCI has deemed that Theo Bos’ behaviour undermined the image, reputation and interests of cycling and of the UCI. In accordance with article 12.1.005 of the UCI Regulations, this infringement is liable to a suspension of 1 to 6 months.
Any such sanction would be added to the technical sanctions delivered by the Commissaire’s Panel directly after the race. In accordance with article 12.1.040 / 10.2.2 of the UCI Regulations, Theo Bos was disqualified and received a fine.
Redondo Ramos Provisionally Suspended
The revised UCI Anti-Doping Rules which came into effect on 1 January 2009, require the UCI to provisionally suspend any rider for whom we receive an Adverse Analytical Finding for a non-specified substance as identified in the 2009 Prohibited List maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
In order to facilitate the application of a provisional suspension, the UCI may release a short statement providing details of a rider who is provisionally suspended under UCI Anti-Doping Rules.
On 9 April 2009, the UCI advised Spanish rider Jose Antonio Redondo Ramos that he is provisionally suspended. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr Redondo Ramos was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Barcelona indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of methyltestosterone metabolites in a urine sample collected from him at an out of competition test on 13 March 2009 .
The provisional suspension remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation determines whether Mr Redondo Ramos has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.
The rider has requested a provisional hearing into his provisional suspension. Such a hearing will be convened if he submits the required information. Mr Redondo Ramos has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.
He shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.