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by Shane Stokes
February 28, 2018
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New UCI President David Lappartient has already displayed a willingness to speak out on topics, expressing strong opinions more readily than his predecessor Brian Cookson did. He ruffled some feathers in an interview with La Stampa, saying that he was open to the shortening of the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.
“I think the Tour has to stay three weeks,” he said. “It’s the global showcase, the global cycling event. The Giro and Vuelta instead could have the interest not to exceed 17 days, with 3 weekends. Let’s discuss it, without forcing anyone. We will respect the will of the organizers.”
The latter sentence may reassure those in control of those races, but may also worry them that in the future there will be more talk about potentially shortening their events. While the difference in days is not significant when compared to the Tour, the danger would be that it could diminish the scale of each event when compared to the French race.
Asked about the health of cycling, Lappartient said there were encouraging signs. “The public is getting more involved, women’s cycling is getting prizes close to the men’s. Even the cyclocross is very interesting, like all our other disciplines. The signals are positive. But we must strengthen the financial structure of our sport, especially road cycling, to convince other sponsors to invest in a sustainable way and allow athletes to experience their sport.”