While UCI president Pat McQuaid coped admirably with answering the media’s questions about something he said he couldn’t say much about – i.e. the Contador case – Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme genuinely refused to say too much at all – explaining that he couldn’t say much until the UCI did.

“We just have to wait,” Prudhomme told journalists at the Tour of Oman. “While the UCI and WADA aren’t in a position to be able to announce anything yet, we don’t know if we’re at the end of the affair, caught up in the epilogue, or if we’re part of a never-ending soap opera.

“But as I’ve said since the Contador story broke in October, the only thing that interests us is the end of the affair,” continued Prudhomme.

“So today, we’re still waiting. The only thing we are certain of is, is that it’s a long wait, that it’s getting longer and longer, and that we’d just like a final answer. If I’ve understood correctly, Pat McQuaid has said that the UCI and WADA are going to work together.

“That seems like a good idea to me. I believe he also said that he would do everything to ensure that there is a resolution before the Tour de France. And that sounds pretty good to me, too.”

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