The VeloNews' John Wilcoxson opines that this time the "renegade" ASO may have gone too far in the arm twisting and coercion of Eric Boyer and its manipulation of the rules which protect riders. But, not everyone is taking it lying down:
The French Federation's decision to back ASO clearly does not have the full support of other national governing bodies. On Sunday, the European Cycling Union passed a resolution condemning the ASO, FFC actions regarding Paris-Nice by a vote of 18-7
The CyclingNews notes that the UCI has in essence "blackmailed" Team Mitsubishi-Jartazi by granting them "wildcard" status, as long as they exclude Frank Vandenbrouke from their team that is.
In the "why can't we all just get along?" department
Perhaps the ASO and UCI should taken a close look at the implosion of American open wheel racing and the recent, and much too late, reunification of the two main racing series. The flotsam and jetsam that remains hardly causes a blip on the sports radar screen. Learn from history, or you will surely become it.
St Louis Today.com agrees in an article that pre-dates the above comments. It's already too late for open wheel racing here, at least the immediate future look grim. That is the lesson the UCI and ASO must heed, though it may be too late for them as well.
Rant takes a considered look at what might be done to facilitate cycling's exit from the morass of doping that it finds itself currently in.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Monday, March 03, 2008