Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

July 29, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Commissaire who disqualified Sagan from Tour calls for video judges in cycling; Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy; Lotto-Soudal chasing success after winless Tour de France; Bookwalter chasing home-soil success in Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Jungels back in action at Tour de Pologne; Movistar extends with Arcas, Oliveira and Pedrero; Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling; Following the 2017 Transcontinental ultra-endurance race; Mark Cavendish Launches The Amstel Cold Tub Pub

Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling

by CyclingTips

Former UCI President Pat McQuaid has largely been out of the spotlight since losing his position to Brian Cookson four years ago. With the next UCI election due to take place in September, and with Cookson facing a challenge from Frenchman David Lappartient, The Outer Line reached out to McQuaid to get his thoughts on the current state of the sport. The interview covers a broad range of topics, including cycling’s economic model, ASO’s dominant influence, the lack of strong team unity, doping, salary caps and more.

In this excerpt, McQuaid speaks about the rumoured interest of Wanda Sports in the Tour de France and whether he could see the Chinese company buying the race.

There have always been some rumours, but I don’t think that will ever happen. Why? Because ASO and the Tour de France are – through and through – so French! If ASO was ever sold, it could only be sold to another French entity. Look at the last few weeks – French Air Force fighter jets spreading red, blue and white streaks in the air on Bastille Day, or over Paris just the other day.

The Tour is the pride of France. The roads, the police, the support from the towns and villages and fans – all of that is an expression of what it is to be French, but it is also a hidden subsidy to the event. So no, I can’t see the company moving into foreign hands. The Amaury family would have to be exiled out of France!

We always hear about how the Amaury family will not change anything, but in a way, their hands are tied – it would be very difficult for them to sell their business to anyone else.

Click through to read the full interview at The Outer Line.