USAC announces four suspensions
Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 1, 2004)—USA Cycling announced today the suspension of four riders stemming from various altercations over the past few months.
Radisa Cubric and Kurt Massey from North Carolina were suspended by USA Cycling for getting into a fist fight after the Rock Hill Criterium on April 3rd, 2004. The incident was witnessed and reported by several people including riders and officials. A USA Cycling-appointed investigator researched the incident and made a recommendation for suspension. Radisa Cubric requested a hearing, and the hearing panel met on May 21st. After listening to testimony by both parties to the fight and reviewing written testimony of several witnesses, the panel decided that the complaint against Cubric was valid. They recommended a 3 month suspension for violation of USCF rules 1O2(a), grossly unsportsmanlike conduct, and 1O5(a-c), being disrespectful, using foul behavior, and assault. The suspension begins on May 29th and ends August 29th, 2004.
In a second incident, Roberto Gaggioli from California has been suspended for the remainder of the 2004 calendar year from participating in any events sanctioned by USA Cycling, one of its associations, or the UCI in any capacity. This includes, but is not limited to being a rider or a manager. Gaggioli was involved in a physical altercation with another rider at the Cheaha Challenge on May 1, 2004 in Anniston, Ala.
Gaggioli assaulted Jonny Sundt with a 2x4 immediately following the completion of the Pro/I/II race in Anniston, Ala, which is in violation of Rule 1O2(a) and 1O5(c) of the USCF Racing Rules. The hearing panel considers a USAC cycling license to encompass all licenses held by that licensee (racing, official, mechanic, manager, etc.).
Gaggioli requested a hearing, and the hearing panel met on May 28th. After listening to testimony by both parties to the fight and reviewing written testimony of several witnesses, the panel decided that the complaint against Gaggioli was valid.
In a third incident, Keith Horowitz of California has been suspended for a period of one year, The suspension begins on May 29, 2004 and ends on May 28, 2005. Horowitz was found to have also violated rule 105(c), physical abuse to another person, at the Solvang criterium on May 8, 2004. Horowitz waived his right to a hearing in front of a USA Cycling hearing panel.
USA Cycling would like it to be known that such behavior will not be tolerated, and riders who engage in physical violence during or after an event will receive the harshest penalties that can be applied.
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