Christian Prudhomme

They counted 160 riders out, and they counted 160 riders back in.

Race organisers ASO received a vote of confidence from the riders at Paris-Nice. Under threat of suspension for even taking part, the riders decided that they would call the UCI?s bluff, and take the start line. Now the cycling world waits to see if UCI president Pat McQuaid?s threat of strict sanctions for taking part in a race outside UCI jurisdiction was a serious one, or if it was as much bluster as buffeted the riders around today?s windy Prologue course.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.