• Lol, this was awesome. Personally…and I repeat, this is my personal opinion and by far not the right one. I think ASO should pick whatever teams they want, I don’t think it’s going to affect us (viewers/fans) at all. ASO knows which teams are most popular, and most of those are probably World Tour teams, it’s not like we’re not going to see Team Fly or StinkOff at Le Tour. Are they going to be inclined to include more continental French teams, probably. But why shouldn’t they be? It’s a French race and we all know how biased the French can be towards their own. I don’t think it’s going to make a bad reality TV show-race thing, it’s going to be fun watching all the Frenchies attacking each other to get TV exposure.

    So as far as I’m concerned, this seams more like a pissing contest between UCI and ASO, and at the end there’s still going to be a race and we’re all going to watch it.

    • awesometown

      I think I agree with you for the most part. I generally ignore these pissing matches these days because one way or the other the races happen and are exciting. For better or for worse the racers are so anonymous (besides Sagan, Hansen, Nairo) it’s fairly unimportant who shows up.

  • Warren J

    Nice analogy, but the difference in this case is the majority of players in this game are not on Beyonce’s side.

    Vaughters has called ASO a playground bully, Tinkov is leaving cycling over precisely this, the Velon teams, inc Sky and OGE, want the reforms, the Giro organiser is quietly for the reforms, the riders are quiet, but riders President Bernie Eisel gave written support for the reforms, another rider (Rohan Dennis I think) threatened to skip the Tour and focus on the Vuelta.

    Another website stated “The teams are desperate for reforms that can help them find more income and stability”. Another said that the UCI reforms were in the interest of cycling, whilst the ASO was acting in interests of its shareholders (which is its right).

    But don’t make me confuse my bootylicious feelings for Beyonce with the hard corporate interests of ASO.

  • Neil

    So much to love about this article. Informative, but had me laughing and worried for the future of the sport at the same time.

  • H.E. Pennypacker

    I was so sure clicking on the “never, ever going to give them up” link was leading to a Rickroll.

  • Berne Shaw

    Yes ASO is a corporation and amoral shortsighted and French. UCI had to guarantee then same or better profits in the new model. What article does not articulate so well is ASO could kill the sport. It’s a stranglehold and they are anti modern idiots. The UCI And Velon needs to form a system league Union and take a stand. We give ASO increased profits but if you don’t go with our new proposal we boycott the tdf and all ASO races and kill ASO. I am serious!

  • James Drake

    Dan, while the Tour may be Beyoncé, I think it’s a bit (a bit!?) unfair to lum the Giro with the “other one”.. Maybe a more correct simile would be to say that they are like The Jackson family. I’ll grant you the Tour may be Michael Jackson, but give the Giro it’s due.. it’s probably Janet Jackson, with her “wardrobe malfunction and all the more endearing because of it. The Giro has a strong worldwide presence that belies it’s largely italian commentary (thank GOD we don’t have Phil and Paul doing that one!) that is much more “simpatico” and leaves viewers pleasantly surprised, when they realise there is life outside of “Le Tour”.. and lots of it. However the main thrust of your argument, a “Highlander” style battle is spot on. The UCI is fighting for survival, but so far the ASO has got the bigger Claymore.


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