A World Series of Cycling…While UCI Struggles to Stay LegitBy Michael Frank on December 14th, 2012
In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s downfall the governing body of cycling, UCI, has been heaped with massive criticism. Now the UCI says it’s in favor of a push from outside groups to create a so-called “World Series” of cycling. It would revise the road racing calendar to feature 10 new worldwide grand prix four-day events alongside the three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, and Giro d’Italia) and six of the major one-day classics. But the new series isn’t distracting the UCI’s critics. In an attempt to quell detractors, the UCI hired independent auditors to evaluate its overall governance but that may not be enough for outside groups. The so-called Change Cycling Now summit held last week in London calls for the ouster of UCI leadership and for independent (rather than UCI) drug testing. Meanwhile the Manifesto for Credible Cycling was also launched by several leading European newspapers including France’s L’Equipe and Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport. Any world series ideas are going to have to wait for the UCI to clear its name or be completely overhauled. Via Road.cc and Sport Business.
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