Villalobos wins at San Juan; strong field for Abu Dhabi Tour: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 24, 2018

Villalobos wins stage 2, takes race lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Benoot pleased with unexpected third place; Impressive lineup announced for Abu Dhabi Tour; Abu Dhabi route details unveiled; KordaMentha Real Estate – Australian national teams announced for Cadel Evans Great Road Race; INRNG on Armstrong’s lifetime ban and the Tour of Flanders; Ovett signs for Australian Cycling Academy; Strava expands with new office in Denver; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – Official promo; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – The jerseys

INRNG on Armstrong’s lifetime ban and the Tour of Flanders

by CyclingTips

The Tour of Flanders’ invitation to Lance Armstrong as a guest for this year’s race has generated considerably controversy, not least because of the American’s doping past and his lifetime ban from the sport. UCI president David Lappartient is one who has spoken out against the invitation, and is pushing for the race to rescind it. Thus far, the event organisers have refused to do so.

INRNG has written about the polemic, explaining why Armstrong shouldn’t be at the race.

Here’s an excerpt:

There have been several “hasn’t the UCI got anything better to do” comments on social media but the answer can surely only be “actually, no they haven’t”. After all if a governing body can’t uphold its own rules then it’s not good for much. If it didn’t try then WADA would and the UCI could be held up as “non-compliant”.

Maybe – maybe not – you feel sympathy for Armstrong and feel he’s served enough of a ban and that’s fine: but ask for his ban to be commuted to something shorter or even lifted. But as long as he’s banned then we can only expect the governing body and others such as WADA or the Belgian Cycling Federation to seek to uphold their fundamental rules in an exemplary manner.

Click through to read more at the INRNG.