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UCI drops Henao bio passport case and updates vehicle safety regulations

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters
Josh Cunningham
31 May 2016

UCI drops bio passport case opened on Team Sky's Sergio Henao, and updates vehicle safety regulations following Stig Broeckx incident.

The story of Sergio Henao's blood passport has been in and out of the news after the Colombian was withdrawn from racing for 10 weeks in 2014 after abnormalities were present in his blood values. Henao returned to racing, but was subsequently withdrawn a second time earlier this year after the APMU (Athlete Passport Management Unit) requested further information regarding his passport values. 

The UCI today announced that the rider's explanations were sent for review, and after examination (during which Henao was again withdrawn from racing), 'the independent experts came to the conclusion that there was no basis to proceed further.' 

The decision leaves Henao clear to race again with Team Sky, which could mean he will be a teammate of Chris Froome at the Tour de France in July. 

UCI update regulations on race vehicles

Following an incident at the Tour of Belgium at the weekend, which left Lotto-Soudal's Stig Broeckx in a coma, the UCI has issued a statement regarding the ongoing process of updating the regulations pertaining to rider safety and vehicles - be that cars or motorbikes - following races. 

'These new rules require absolute vigilance from all drivers and motorbike riders, who must at all times prioritise the safety of riders in the race, spectators and other vehicles,' the statement reads. 'The new rules also make it clear that everyone in charge of a vehicle must immediately comply with all directions from race commissaires. The need for safe driving, particularly when overtaking riders, has been given extra emphasis by commissaires during pre-race briefings.'

The action being finalised will result in a 'comprehensive set of regulations and guidelines which will govern all aspects of a road race which have a bearing on safety and security.'

Among the new legislation will be rules limiting the number of vehicles allowed in races, how these vehicles should be positioned at different points in the race, the size and power of such vehicles, as well as regulations to increase the human resources deployed at races 'as part of an improved event monitoring process.'

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