UCI president says he'll boycott the Tour of Flanders over Lance Armstrong invitation

Race organisers have invited American as a guest for the race.

Lance Armstrong and David Lappartient.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

UCI president David Lappartient has said that he will not attend the 2018 edition of the Tour of Flanders in a protest over the race organiser's decision to invite Lance Armstrong to speak at a pre-race event.

Armstrong is due to speak at the inaugural Tour of Flanders Business academy just two days ahead of the race before being a guest of organiser Wouter Vandenhaute at the race itself, a move that had been described as "sending totally the wrong signals" by Flemish sports minister Philippe Muyters and has also been criticised by Lappartient.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.