Certify cycling team staff to protect clean riders, says Pat McQuaid

Bernhard Eisel at the team car, Tour of Qatar 2013, stage 3

Pat McQuaid, facing re-election as UCI president this month, proposed today to certify team staff to protect clean riders. The plan would limit the number of riders a staff member works with but controversially draw funding from race organisers and reduce team size.

"This will enhance the level of monitoring care and support available to each rider," McQuaid said in a press release, "thereby helping riders to better manage their workload, race schedule and recovery."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.