The statements of UCI chairman Lappartient still resonate in cyclo-cross. But Sven Nys is sure that everyone can sleep soundly.
Certainly when it comes to this season. Nys will therefore not be concerned about the threat from UCI chairman David Lappartient to possibly exclude riders from rounds of the World Cup and the World Cup.
“I really don’t expect any regulations to be changed in the middle of this season,” he said In the Leader’s jersey. “It seems to me that riders should continue to be allowed to choose where they do and do not ride. We all want the sport to improve, we agree on that.”
The possible obligation of riders to participate in the World Cup therefore makes no sense, says Nys. “If you make the World Cup mandatory, it is the same as making the WorldTour mandatory on the road. There you also see that riders do not ride Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Roubaix does.” For example, Van Aert and Van der Poel did this this year.
In cross-country, not all top crosses belong to the World Cup, Nys is thinking of the Koppenbergcross or Ruddervoorde, for example. “Making choices is part of the sport.”