Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team

by CyclingTips

UCI president Brian Cookson, while attending the Tour de France depart, was asked about the recent ASO-UCI deal, as well as the controversy over the new Bahrain cycling team.

“Nobody wanted a war in cycling,” Cookson said regarding the deal with the ASO. “It would not have benefited anyone. We have successfully brought ASO into the fold, and we have a few months to work out the details. That’s what we’ll be spending our time on. The last thing we want is all of this to flare up again.”

The accord was struck late last month between the UCI and the ASO, organisers of the biggest races in the sport, such as the Tour de France. The ASO had previously threatened to remove all its races off the UCI calendar.

When asked about the controversy surrounding the proposed cycling team backed by Bahrain and headed byPrince HH Shaikh Nasser, who is accused of human rights abuses, Cooksen said most of it is out of the UCI’s control.

“They will have to comply with UCI standards, and the ethical standards of all teams,” Cookson said. “If it’s beyond sport, it’s not a concern for us, but if a country or an individual has committed a criminal offense that excludes them from being involved in any international activity, the UCI will respect that. If that’s not the case, and if it’s just speculation, then it’s outside our jurisdiction to make judgment based on allegations, which may well be denied.”

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