Former professional cyclist and media figure David Millar has announced that he will run for election to the Presidency of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), the international pro riders’ union recognised by the UCI.
The election takes place in late September. Millar’s objective is to ensure that professional riders – ‘the most important people in the sport’ – have the voice they deserve. A decorated rider who wore the Leader’s Jersey in all three Grand Tours, Millar understands the peloton well. His 18-year career in the saddle returned an enviable palmarès, and a transformative learning experience during and following his ban.
Millar was banned for two years for doping in 2004. Upon his return from his ban, he became a prominent anti-doping campaigner.
While cycling is growing and evolving, Millar points out that he is concerned that it’s the riders whose wellbeing and rights aren’t always keeping pace with the commercial development of the sport he loves.
“Cycling is the most beautiful sport in the world, and the racers are the most important part of all,” said Millar. “Since 1999 the CPA has represented riders’ rights – it is recognised by the UCI and the teams association, the AIGCP. Its role in the sport is crucial, but there is clearly much more it can do for the benefit of its constituents. It is time for riders to take their rightful seat at the governance table and play a meaningful role in deciding the rules of their game, and how their sport grows.”
He continued, “During my career and since my retirement as a rider, I have represented athletes at WADA, national anti-doping organisations, the UCI, and at CPA meetings. After discussions with riders of all nationalities in the peloton I know there is a demand – and now an opportunity – to make the CPA a vibrant, positive force going forwards.
“My mission is to make the peloton the most solid and respected part of professional cycling because it’s the racers that matter. They deserve to be looked after and protected and, above all, educated.”
The election will take place at the CPA General Assembly meeting on 27 September, in Innsbruck during the UCI Road World Championships. While the CPA is yet to make public the procedure for voting to elect the next President, ‘creating a transparency of process and atmosphere of fairness throughout the CPA is part of David Millar’s vision for the union’s future.’