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  • smiththelocksmith

    Cookson looks to be in full control. Should he just issue another press release and pretend he is doing something?

    • Freddy Merckx

      Haha, I think Cookson should commission another 3 million pound report on “Why ASO is feeling sad?”

      That’s what’s really required. After all, doping was eliminated overnight after the CIRC report was published

  • Derek Maher

    This clash has been on the cards for a long time.The world Tour was a move to spread the sports big events and diminish the classic Euro centric base of cycle racing.Its all a bit FIFA in its aspirations and costs a huge amount of money in its present set up for teams taking part in the series.
    Plus of course the Olympics add another drain on limited resources with national riders being poached by other richer countries for their squads.

  • Anon N + 1

    The cross references in these two paragraphs are unclear:

    “The agency states that the committee has been putting pressure on UCI president Brian Cookson to sack the current director general Martin Gibbs.

    “It is thought that he has been behind the departure of a large number of former staff from the UCI. Sources previously told CyclingTips that there is a tense mood within the UCI, with some employees feeling under pressure.”

    The agency =?; he = Cookson or Gibbs? The general rule in anaphora says that a pronoun refers to the closest prior semantically plausible noun (here, Gibbs) but the paragraph following the quoted paragraph suggests that “he” is intended to refer to Cookson.

    • Dave

      I think the “agency” referred to is Reuters, from the previous sentence. That should have been as one paragraph instead of split into a second one to remove the ambiguity and set up a conventional paragraph structure of starting with a topic sentence and then presenting the detail, the random paragraph breaks make it rather excruciating reading.

      The ambiguous “he” is a shocker, I’m sure that Shane has already explained that error to the work experience kid who wrote it and that an edited version will be posted soon. I would read “he” as Cookson, given the general use of the active voice throughout the whole piece but his (Shane? Work experience kid? Cookson? Gibbs?) lack of consistency means it is very much up for grabs.

  • markpa

    Wouldn’t suggest the UCI are a well run organisation, or that Velon are not self interested but how do you resolve these statements?
    From http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2015/06/17/simple-guide-tour-de-france
    “Roughly half the world’s population, if race organisers are to be believed, watch the Tour. It is enormously popular, and across nearly 190 nations, the cumulative audience is probably very close to 3.5 billion, making the Tour de France the world’s biggest annual sporting event.”
    “The total prize pool for the Tour de France is around $3 million. The overall winner takes about $660,000 from the pot. The prize money is scaled down from there depending on your final position, so second place earns roughly $300,000, third grabs about $150,000, and so on.
    A stage win can earn you around $33, 682, but compared to other sports with huge global audiences – the Superbowl, world football, tennis – cyclists could probably argue that they’re underpaid.”

    From http://www.tsmplug.com/tennis/prize-money-of-all-grand-slams-which-is-highest-paying/ (in US dollars)
    Total Aust. Open $33 Million Wimbledon $42.3 Million French Open $34.5 Million US Open $38.3 Million
    Winner $2,430,000 $2,437,600 $2,042,100 $3,000,000
    for 6 or 7 rounds of tennis, say 20 hrs on court

    From http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2013/05/07/the-ten-richest-events-on-the-pga-tour/ NB 2013
    The Players Championship Total Purse: $9.5 million Winner’s Take: $1.7 million
    World Golf Championships—Bridgestone Invitational Total Purse: $8.75 million Winner’s Take: $1.5 million
    World Golf Championships—Cadillac Championships Total Purse: $8.75 million Winner’s Take: $1.5 million
    World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championships Total Purse: $8.75 million Winner’s Take: $1.5 million
    4 rounds of golf, say 12hrs

    With ASO’s prizemoney payout such a relative pittance for 3 weeks of the largest global audience (by ASO’s statement) it’s no wonder that everybody apart from ASO wants to see the balance changed.

    • CC

      I’d love to know more about that – for instance, is it clear that ASO makes a lot of money for hosting this event?


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