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by Mark Zalewski
November 30, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jack Bobridge forced into early retirement; More reactions to team size reduction plan; Roland Liboton: ‘Wout van Aert should be worried’; FDJ moving forward with women’s programme addition; Tour de France to race on Tro-Bro Léon roads in 2018?; Ghent-Wevelgem retires bib 192 for Antoine Demoitié; Louis Vuitton in talks to buy Rapha; Descending the Stelvio with no handlebars or brakes; Police seize $100k of bikes in Gold Coast town; ‘Tour de Celeb’ cycling reality TV show kicks-off; Video: Behind the scenes of Roadtripping Bali; Revolution Cycling Champions League Manchester highlights; Emu attacks cyclist.
In the wake of the news that top races are going to reduce team sizes, more reactions are filtering out, many of which are negative. Both BMC boss Jim Ochowicz and Trek-Segafredo manager Luca Guercilena have negative opinions on the matter.
Ochowicz has been in favour of this idea for years, but said that the quick decision without discussion is throwing a spanner in the plans for 2017.
“I am in disbelief that this type of action would be taken this late in the year,” Ochowicz told VeloNews. “We’ve been planning our rosters and training for months already, to come up with a strategy for our riders, for their training and preparation and racing. We’re ready to race in six weeks, and now this?
“I am not against this idea, it’s just too late for us to manage it. If the rules are changed by some due process, that is legal and binding, with something everyone agrees with, we’ll live by the rules … I also think it needs to be an open debate with all the real stakeholders expressing their opinions, at some point you come up with a [decision].”
Luca Guercilena said there would be other implications, such as some big names left off rosters for top races. “You would have to make a clear decision on your strategy, whether to go for the GC or for stages,” he said. “And that would mean there would be fewer stars in the big races.”
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