Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 29, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cort wins uphill sprint in Tour of Denmark, stage 2; Mestre wins sprint on stage 1 of Vuelta a Portugal; Mareczko adds second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; Rio Olympics: UCI pursuing 3 possible Russian doping cases but will allow 11 others to compete; Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more; Reengineering the Tour de France; Pro cyclist group pushes back against WorldTour reforms; Questions raised over Wiggins’ charity; Sources: Roche to BMC; Rio athletes could face troubles with unofficial sponsors; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 9 highlights; Best of on-board cameras with Team Sky; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 5

Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more

by VeloClub

As he did last year, UCI president Brian Cookson attended the La Course women’s race in Paris on Sunday, held on the final day of the Tour de France. Several hours before the men thundered onto the Champs Elysées, Cookson watched the sport’s top women fight it out for honours in the race.

While that battle was raging the Briton took time out to speak to CyclingTips about a broad range of subjects. These included his view of this year’s Tour, the argument for smaller team sizes and possibly a step back from race radios in the future, the current suspension of disc brakes and whether that might be reversed plus rider safety.

Here is an excerpt:

CT: Christian Prudhomme has said it is time for teams to drop from nine to eight riders to make things less predictable. What are your thoughts on that?

BC: Well, I think there are two sides to that argument. You could say that even smaller numbers of riders on each team would make for even more unpredictable racing. I think it is going to be a hard one to sell to the teams. It would also mean that a team would only ever focus on one objective; they wouldn’t have a climbing half and a sprinter half, or a time trial couple of riders.

Then on the other hand, I can think of an example from Sky, for instance, a couple of years ago. They lost Kanstantsin Siutsou in the first two or three stages, but they still managed to win with eight riders. So I am not so sure that would make such a big difference. But I understand where Christian is coming from on that and it is something that we are going to look at and talk about with him and the teams.

CT: Some have also suggested that getting rid of race radios would make things less predictable. It is an old debate. Are radios here to stay?

BC: I think you can’t uninvent technology. And if it wasn’t race radios, then the riders would be getting information on their Garmins or on their power meters or whatever. I think if we ban that, then the next thing they would have Google Glasses and it would be right in front of their eyes.

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