Philippe Gilbert (Française Des Jeux), who is part of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), spoke his mind regarding the conflict between the UCI and Grand Tours in an interview with Vers l'Avenir.
"They are not even concerned to know the thoughts of the cyclists; no one has asked us and our voice is lost," said the Belgian, attacking both parties. "It is not known if we will be able to race Paris-Nice or anything at all. There is less time for preparing for our programs, and less space to speak of the races while all the papers are concentrating on this political question."
Regarding the political pawn, team Unibet.com, he added, "I put myself in their shoes and express to them all of my solidarity."
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August 30, 2008 - UCI re-signs five ProTour races
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