This whole discussion around the election of the new @cpacycling president & the behaviour of the CPA is more then absurd. They want to represent all riders but only a minority has a say in it. If I would have a voice & vote in this election, I'd give it to @millarforcpa.
Going to Innsbruck to vote, because i believe us riders need a stronger @cpacycling union. Unfortunately it is for many riders impossible to vote and that's one of many problems. Would love to see @millarforcpa getting a chance to change this!
Please @cpacycling Show us that you listen to the people you represent by letting every rider vote. This is the 21st century and an electronic vote is less open to corruption than gathering a few people in a room and raising hands.
There will be an election for a new president of OUR riders union @cpacycling but 🇮🇹🇫🇷🇨🇭🇵🇹 🇺🇸 🇪🇸 delegates all vote on behalf of their riders. They don’t have a poll/vote, they just decide - and if you’re from 🇮🇹🇫🇷🇨🇭🇵🇹 🇺🇸 🇪🇸 you CANNOT vote.
More then just disenfranchising the peloton by not letting us vote for OUR PRESIDENT
Only 6 nations are represented On the Board of Directors. But all riders from all nationalities have to Fund the CPA.
Taxation without Representation!
Globalization of cycling am I right?
Thank you @bugno_gianni for sharing your manifesto 5 days before the election itself. However I see no mention of giving a vote to all the riders nor about updating the @cpacycling bylaws. Which has been asked by many.
Therefore I shall vote @millarforcpa
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.
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:
for Pascal Chanteur, chief of French riders union
for Cristian Salvato, chief of Italian riders union
for Jose Luis de Santos, chief of Spanish riders union
for Michael Carcaise, chief of North American riders union
for David Chassot, chief of Swiss riders union
for Joakim Andrade, chief of Portuguese riders union
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.
Tweet your support for the campaign. #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.
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.
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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