UCI under attack as Covid return branded a ‘mess’
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(Bora-Hansgrohe), British time trial champion Alex Dowsett and his Israel Start-Up Nation team-mate Itamar Einhorn were withdrawn after colleague Omer Goldstein, who is not racing in Spain, tested positive for coronavirus.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.