RIP UCI?

It looks like all the pro cycling teams have thrown their toys out of the pram, and professional cycling into disarray, by quitting the ProTour en-mass. No doubt the UCI will now throw their toys around a bit, everyone will blame everyone else, and professional cycling will be the one that loses out.

Whilst I was never convinced that the UCI’s ProTour was a good idea, I have far more respect for the UCI that I do for ASO who look set to pick up the reins.

I did manage 45 minutes of the fixed Tricross earlier in the sunshine despite a dodgy back and shoulder, however my Garmin Edge doesn’t work very well under tree coverage when it’s stuffed in a back pocket. Time to order some more handlebar mounts for it.

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7 Responses to RIP UCI?

  1. Simon says:

    Yeah, pro cycling is a bit of a mess at the moment unfortunately.

    I had a nice sunny ride home this evening although the headwind was quite harsh at times.

  2. Nick says:

    Just out of interest why do you think the UCI is better than ASO?

  3. rich says:

    Mainly ASOs exclusion of Unibet last year and Astana this year, along with their banning Boonen from the TdF but letting Schumacher start.

  4. Nick says:

    And the UCI are more consistent?

  5. matt says:

    All the sponsors are running away screaming too, now.

  6. Nick says:

    Anything to add on Lemonds statements that cycling doesn’t need the UCI? Not sure he’s the guy to run it instead though!

  7. Nick says:

    Oh, and if we’re on about ‘consistency’ the UCI expected the UCSF to pursue Floyd Landis for breaching UCI regulations in a race run under UCI rules with no financial support. But as soon as ASO decides that it will run the Tour de France under French Cycling Federation rules it spits it’s dummy out of it’s cot. Hmmm.

    Are you sure that the UCI is really going after the drug cheats or might it actually want them to be found in the Tour because that taints ASO?

    http://www.32sixteen.com/wp2008/07/23/performance-enhancements/