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by Shane Stokes
November 16, 2017
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Five time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault has predicted that Tour organiser ASO will exit the UCI’s WorldTour system, saying that the company wants greater control and that the UCI is on the wrong path.
“Coming out of the WorldTour is the only solution for ASO, and changing the categories of racing,” he said in an interview with Cyclist. “It’s not a matter of separation, it’s just that the UCI doesn’t think enough nowadays.
“There’s one solution – what must happen is that a team doesn’t get money for turning up to race, but for results. Take the system for football. You have the Premier League, first division and so on, and if you’re in the bottom three of any division, you’re out. It’s as simple as that. If we had the same structure for cycling, the directeur sportif would say, “You have to go out and race, because if you don’t we’ll all be thrown out by the end of the year!”
Asked how ASO would put that into effect, Hinault says it is simply a question of ASO asserting its authority. “By leaving the current system, the race organisers can impose the number of cyclists in a race,” he explained. “Then they’re not obliged to take all the pro teams and those who don’t want to be part of the race can stay at home.
“It means that all the riders in a race will fight every day, and that will change a lot of things. If you come to the Tour de France and treat it like a holiday, the next year you won’t be invited to race.”
Click through to read the full interview at Cyclist.