The UCI has announced today a controversial rule change which, from next season, will allow all pro cyclists to use banned substances for one race per season.
Riders will have to choose which race they are ‘targeting’ before the season starts and it will be at the riders’ discretion whether to target a one-day race or a stage race. There is no obligation on the rider to disclose publicly which race they are targeting.
“Ever since the sport got cleaner, the fans have been telling us that the racing isn’t nearly explosive enough”, a spokesperson for the UCI said. “This new rule will make things more exciting for the fans, but also will create a sense of mystery for everyone, other riders included.”
More to follow…