David Lappartient, president of the UCI, responded on Saturday to criticism from some team managers about the UCI’s points classification system which they consider imperfect.
” We don’t change the rules at the last minute reconsidered on Saturday David Lappartient, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), on the team managers oppose the points classification system. The latter threatened the world body with a legal attack, judging the system imperfect.
” Some teams give the impression of discovering a system that had been unanimously approved in 2018 by the riders, the organizers, the teams and the UCI a little late. There is no perfect system. In sport you have to accept relegation “Commented the French leader who says to himself” confident against possible legal action.
If the president doesn’t fail to direct one last approach to the managers -” everyone says that the system should be changed but nobody sends me a proposal “-, remain open to” settings regarding the point scale awarded for the next three-year cycle.
” There are some races where the scaling may need to be tighter. But the balance to find is not easy and you have to be careful that the weight of the Grand Tours does not make the one-day races barely count. said the man who took charge of the ICU five years ago.
UCI delighted with WADA’s decision to ban Tramadol
” We have been asking for it for a long time, we have always pushed for it and we are happy that the decision has been made. David Lappartient said on the sidelines of the Road Cycling World Championships in Wollongong, Australia. the tramadol was under surveillance but not listed so far on the list of products and substances prohibited by the AMA, which has just taken the plunge. The UCI medical regulations had prohibited taking this synthetic opioid since 2019.
” The arguments we had developed were recognized. This substance is dangerous and carries risks of drowsiness, loss of reflexes, especially on descending passes. But we also know that it is an important pain reliever and, on a bike, one of the limiting factors for performance continues to be pain. So we’re glad it’s done. “, developed the French.
This decision will be effective from 2024, and the President welcomes in advance that he no longer has to manage the logistics of the controls related to this substance, while recalling that “ now it will be two or four years of suspension so it is not the same at all “.