I do solemnly declare, to my team, my colleagues, the UCI*, the cycling movement and the public that I am not involved in the Puerto affair nor in any other doping case and that I will not commit any infringement to the UCI anti-doping rules. As proof of my commitment, I accept, if it should happen that I violate the rules and am granted a standard sanction of a two-year suspension or more, in the Puerto affair or in any other anti-doping proceedings, to pay the UCI, in addition to the standard sanctions, an amount equal to my annual salary for 2007 as a contribution to the fight against doping.I find it interesting (and admirable) that a sport accused of being so dirty because of its past history of drug use and abuse now has such a stiff penalty for even the slightest infraction. Would an NFL, NBA, or MLB player be willing to pledge his entire annual salary as a penalty if he was caught (and, mind you, not necessarily convicted) for using drugs in competition? I doubt it. Kudos to the cycling community for a step in the right direction.
At the same time, I declare to the Spanish law, that my DNA is at its disposal, so that it can be compared with the blood samples seized in the Puerto affair. I appeal to the Spanish law to organize this test as soon as possible or allow the UCI to organize it.
Finally, I accept the UCI’s wish to make my statement public.
*UCI is an acronym for the Union Cicliste Internationale, or International Cycling Union. As their name implies, they serve as a regulatory body for international cycling competition.
Excerpt/quote from Riders Commitment obtained from the Versus channel website.