Thibau Nys passes for Dendermonde, Lars van der Haar gives up the World Cup ranking. The UCI certainly cannot laugh at that, but Michel Wuyts ripostes that criticism with very clear words.
UCI CEO Peter Van Den Abeele had a lot of criticism about the way certain riders handle the World Cup. However, the starting fees are higher in some other races and riders also know that you can ask for more with a jersey than with a third place in the World Cup rankings.
Michel Wuyts is strict about the matter in his column The last news: “Quite a few World Cup rounds get in the way of title battles. Or cause a fatal scratch.”
“You will just arrive in Val di Sole, on a flank of the Passo Tonale, where the sun does not appear after noon. And after an unfortunate skate, you will tear a muscle. It cannot continue like this,” said the analyst and commentator.
The fact that all World Cups are on Sunday and that there are no fewer than fourteen heats in an already tough calendar does not work in favor of the World Cup, according to Wuyts.