Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere has spoken out against the UCI-ASO spat and warned the sports governing body and the leading race organisers to find a solution or face action from the teams. Speaking after the UCI sent a threatening letter to the 20 ProTour teams, warning them not to ride Paris-Nice, Lefevere made it clear he will not be intimidated.

?I?m tired of it all. I hate this mess. They have to understand they?re playing with our future,? Lefevere said in California after seeing Paolo Bettini win stage four to San Luis Obispo.

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