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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
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UCI road commission president Tom Van Damme has expanded upon a tweet he posted earlier on Tuesday, expressing serious concerns about the new best descender competition planned for the Giro d’Italia.
In a phone conversation with CyclingTips, the Belgian indicated that the UCI has already approached organisers RCS Sport in order to indicate that the governing body will oppose such a contest.
“I had a message from [UCI president] Brian Cookson this morning and he agrees with my concerns,” he said. “We already talked with the Giro administration. They are looking at it. Probably they will also find a rule to defend it. But again, already the safety of the riders themselves is for me a reason to ask RCS not to do it.
“And if you look at the reactions on the social media all over the world, I think that common sense is saying, ‘okay, this is not the best idea. Let’s get rid of it.’”
Van Damme suggested that Cookson has himself contacted RCS Sport with the same message. “The safety of the riders is the most important thing. And putting them in danger in such a way is not the best way to promote cycling.”
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