Harrogate (AP) - After a less than smooth road cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, the World Association UCI is in the criticism. Classicist John Degenkolb complained after the World Cup decision prohibiting the radio traffic during the race.
"The UCI forbids going to the radio, but it is not enough to provide us with information. The only time laps I saw were at the finish line. That's not the purpose, "said Degenkolb after the men's world championship race, which was affected by heavy rain.
The UCI hopes that the regulation will make for more exciting races. "There is no reason for it. Then we can also race where nobody knows where we go. Then we are all in blind flight, "added Degenkolb.
Previously, there had been much misunderstanding about the subsequent disqualification of the actual winner Nils Eekhoff in the road race of the U23 men. The Dutchman had driven back into the field after falling in the lee of the team car and had later won the race. "Then I'll take him out right away," said German sports director Patrick Moster, who considers the rule inappropriate: "You have to think about how far the regulations need to be revised. If someone crashed or had a defect, in my view he is already punished enough. "
UCI President David Lappartient defended the jury's decision. The Frenchman acknowledged that they should have been pronounced during the race. Also in the time trial of the U23 men it had come to chaos before, as the route had been partly under water and several riders were crashed. In the men's race on Sunday, the UCI had then ordered in similar conditions in advance a course shortening.
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