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I am running to be the president of the CPA – the pro cyclists union.

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It is time for change
It is time to give more power to the Peloton
It is time to let those who ride decide

Manifesto - Agenda

Since 1999 the CPA has helped represent the interests of the pro cycling peloton, but the time has come to modernise and reform it and to put the interest of all pro cyclists at its heart.

MORE PROFESSIONAL

A modern and professional riders union modeled on the best pro athletes unions in the world.

MORE ACTIVE

Riders will be part of the process to decide the rules of their sport, how it grows, and how it is structured.

MORE REPRESENTATIVE

We will negotiate improvements to the Joint Agreement with professional teams, and riders will be directly involved in the process.

Like other successful athletes unions, we will pursue other revenue streams outside that of the prize money in order to build a professional team of staff that can support the riders every day.

MORE VOCAL

We will modernise communication updating the website and social media channels.

We will increase media activity – informing riders and the public of the peloton’s voice and position on relevant current affairs in cycling.

Call to action

For a major sport in the 21st century it is time for an open democratic vote of members rather than a decision taken behind closed doors.

Voting Procedures

The Current Way

The CPA has never had an election with more than one candidate. In the past the CPA elected Presidents by votes only from the member-associations who sit on the CPA Board.
On 9 September the CPA posted this explanation of the voting system. In summary, it works like this:

150 votes for Pascal Chanteur, chief of French riders union
124 votes for Cristian Salvato, chief of Italian riders union
86 votes for Jose Luis de Santos, chief of Spanish riders union
67 votes for Michael Carcaise, chief of North American riders union
17 votes for David Chassot, chief of Swiss riders union
14 votes for Joakim Andrade, chief of Portuguese riders union
1 vote for any rider from any nation not listed above who is physically present at the meeting in Innsbruck on 27 September

The Democratic Way

We agree with riders who have called for the CPA to elect their President by a vote open to the entire peloton, and only the riders.

We agree with the riders who have demanded an electronic ballot so every member of the pro peloton can vote, regardless of nationality, and regardless of whether he attends the World Championships in Innsbruck.

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    #MillarForCPA #LetUsVote #LetThoseWhoRideDecide #PowerToThePeloton
  • Cast a Vote at the CPA General Assembly at the World Championships
  • Talk to your teammates and make sure they vote

Why I Am Running

I have come close to blaming all my failings on professional cycling; yet I haven’t because being let back into the sport after my ban felt like a gift, it was a second chance that surprised me and I was duty bound to respect. I approached cycling federations, anti-doping organisations, and race organisers, offering all of them my regret and apology, yet more importantly, my desire to contribute to bettering the sport with the lessons I’d learnt – it was, to me, my responsibility and payback for the right to be allowed back in.

I knew I hadn’t been looked after properly as a young professional. At first I was made to think I’d let myself down, don’t get me wrong, I live forever feeling I let myself down, but then I began to realise others had not only let me down, they’d let all of us down. Our teams let us down, our federations let us down, the anti-doping system let us down, our agents let us down, the list goes on.

You’ll perhaps notice I never mentioned our union. We didn’t even have one until 1999, and for many years we didn’t even know it existed. We have one, it’s called the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés) , yet no bike rider has ever voted for its President because until now there has never been an election between two candidates, normally it is a handover from one president to another that is voted in by the CPA Board Members.

The reason I’m doing this is because I believe the most important thing about professional bike racing is the professional bike racer. I know the politics, I understand the commercials – I have made the biggest mistakes and learnt the greatest lessons. Professional cyclists today are living in arguably the most precarious employment situation the sport has ever known. In the minds of the powers that be they are bettering the sport through reduction, yet there is no evidence of refinement.

I want to make the peloton the most solid and respected part of professional cycling, because it’s the racers that matter, and you deserve to be treated as such and looked after and protected and, above all, educated not only for now, but for the rest of your life. I believe that we can be strong, gentle and generous, it’s why I fell in love with professional cycling.

Bio

I became a professional racing cyclist when I was 19. I’m the only British rider to have worn all of the leaders’ jerseys at the Tour de France, been wearer of leaders’ jerseys in all Grand Tours, stage winner in all Grand Tours, and British National Champion in Road Race, Individual Time Trial and Individual Pursuit. Beyond my professional teams I’ve captained national teams at World, Commonwealth, and Olympic championships.

My professional racing career was split in two by a doping ban. It began in France where I raced for Cofidis alongside some of my heroes at the time, Tony Rominger, Maurizio Fondriest, and Lance Armstrong. After my ban I co-founded a new team, Slipstream, on principles that were innovative at the time but have become best practice in the modern peloton. I have bridged the old and new world of professional cycling and have been an integral part in the development and change of the sport for the better.

I have worked with my national and international cycling federations, and have advised national anti-doping organisations, I was made a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete’s Commission for four years and have been considered the unofficial spokesman for the peloton for over a decade in the matters of doping and anti-doping. I was one of the protagonists on WADA Athlete’s Commission for pushing through the No-Needle Policy in all sports. I represented riders in the UCI commission that created the Extreme Weather Protocol, and I have taken part in CPA meetings as a British representative.

David Millar & Christian Prudhomme – Photo Ian Walton

I’ve written two books: ‘Racing Through the Dark’ and ‘The Racer’, worked on two films, ‘The Program’ and ‘TIME TRIAL’ and become a cycling commentator for British TV, coach to young riders on the GB cycling team, and founded the cycling brand CHPT3.

I live with my wife and three small children in Girona, Spain — the home to more than 100 pro cyclists.

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