Oh dear, the UCI is upsetting people again. It’s been a shambolic few months, everything from proposed new bike legislation to the banning of race radios has had riders and sponsors up in arms, but this latest mess regarding leaked documents is a new low even by its standards.
Last week French sports newspaper L’Equipe obtained and published the UCI’s ‘doping suspicion index’ for last year’s Tour de France. Suitably embarrassed, cycling’s world governing body is insisting its list “does not justify any suspicion or condemnation”.
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“A leak of this kind is highly irresponsible and unacceptable,” says the UCI. No kidding. Perhaps
it should have tried harder to keep it secret. Any subsequent investigation will do nothing to repair the damage.
Now there are a lot of angry people out there. “It’s tarnished the reputation of riders like G, teams like us and it brings into question the whole credibility of the UCI,” says Sky director sportif Sean Yates after Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas scored five and six respectively.
Yates is far from alone, most riders and teams have similar sentiments. “Somebody, people, need to be fired for this,” says David Millar.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly