The Week That Was

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01/31/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Marianne Vos.
Marianne Vos.

The Week That Was

It was another jam-packed week with the cyclo-cross world championships, delays in the Contador case and of course Twitter.

It was another jam-packed week with the cyclo-cross world championships, delays in the Contador case and of course Twitter.

Sunday was a big day of Belgian racing. The cyclo-cross world championships were held in Koksijde, Belgium. And in both the men's and women's elite division there was utter domination.

Marianne Vos won for the fifth time a cyclo-cross world championship, further demonstrating how powerful a rider she is. However, the kick to the gut to Vos came after the race when UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani asked if she was killing the sport. All I can say is wow - the balls on this guy!

Just because someone is dominant in their sport, that means it's in danger of being ruined? Using that logic the whole Belgian men's team should be banned from cyclo-cross. In an unprecedented display of power Niels Albert took off from the gun and never looked back. His only chasers were the remaining six of his teammates. The whole championships were nothing but a Belgian national team parade in the sand dunes of Koksijde. And from what I've read they were not blamed for ruining the sport due to their domination.

Is the disconnect because Vos has won the world championships five times or that she so outclassed her competition that Carpani thought she would drive away other women from the sport because there's no hope of competing? While I have no insight into the UCI's mouth piece's thinking it definitely rates high on the bonehead scale of what not to say. From UCI President Pat McQuaid's comment regarding how women's cycling doesn't deserve a minimum salary to Carpani's statement, it continues to show how out of step the UCI is in its ability to act and relate to professional women with a professional attitude. How can anyone take them seriously when comments like that are made about their own membership?

Another action that in my opinion calls into question the UCI and Pat McQuaid's leadership is the announcement they are suing Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. Kimmage is a former professional cyclist and author of Rough Ride which chronicles his experiences in the peloton - including doping. Now he is a journalist and has often been a thorn in the side of both the UCI and Lance Armstrong.

In what can only be described as unreasonable, the UCI, McQuaid and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen have filed damages against Kimmage for, get this, being an "annoyance." McQuaid, the UCI, and Verbruggen are each asking for 8,000 Swiss francs. In addition they want Kimmage to place a full page advertisement stating the outcome of the court case.

I, for one, call baloney on this whole filing a case thing. Let's look at the Landis lawsuit that they have claimed to have leveled against him. Oh wait, we can't, because they never did! Speaking to Landis he told me he's never received anything from the UCI and the only times he's heard anything are through the newspaper story or me telling him. He's had zero communication with them.

But, for the

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