UCI un­der at­tack as Covid re­turn branded a ‘mess’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Cy­cling By Tom Cary

Con­cerns are grow­ing about cy­cling’s abil­ity to nav­i­gate its way through the Covid cri­sis. Three more rid­ers were pulled from the Vuelta a Bur­gos yes­ter­day, prompt­ing EF Pro Cy­cling man­ager Jonathan Vaugh­ters to de­scribe the sit­u­a­tion as “a mess”.

Vaugh­ters also ac­cused cy­cling’s world gov­ern­ing body, the UCI, of lack­ing lead­er­ship.

Ahead of Tues­day’s open­ing stage, won by Aus­trian rider Felix Gross­chart­ner (Bora-Hans­grohe), Bri­tish time trial cham­pion Alex Dowsett and his Is­rael Start-Up Na­tion team-mate Ita­mar Ein­horn were with­drawn af­ter col­league Omer Gold­stein, who is not rac­ing in Spain, tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus. Yes­ter­day three more rid­ers – Colom­bians Juan Se­bas­tian Molano, Cris­tian Munoz and Camilo Ardila from UAE Team Emi­rates – did not start stage two when it was re­vealed that they had come into con­tact with a per­son from out­side the race who had tested pos­i­tive.

“No ef­fec­tive teams’ union. No ef­fec­tive rid­ers’ union. No ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance over­see­ing sport,” Vaugh­ters wrote on Twit­ter.

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