McQuaid proposes new cycling team model

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has unveiled new policy proposals to prevent doping by ensuring that teams are no longer structured on the model that left riders without adequate mentoring, support and supervision.

The foundation of McQuaid’s new policy is the proposed introduction of a skills certification standard to ensure that those working within professional cycling as doctors, coaches and sports directors are suitably qualified and approved to do so. The new team structure will have one doctor, one coach and one sports director, each with separate responsibilities, for every seven riders.

McQuaid said: “Today’s riders should never be faced with having to make the same choices as previous generations. Today’s teams and those of the future must be built upon a model where riders are placed at the centre of the organisation, where their performance is monitored and underpinned through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary scientific team.

“Individualised training and sustainable race load programmes up to a maximum of 80 days racing are also required. This may well require the UCI to reduce the size of teams at UCI World Tour level and UCI Continental level by five or more riders respectively.”

McQuaid’s tenure as UCI president may come to an end this month when he faces British Cycling president Brian Cookson in the presidential elections.