Bernhard Kohl is planning to fly to France on Friday, but at this point has no idea whether he will be riding Paris-Nice or not. Currently, he can only wait and hear what Team Gerolsteiner tells him to do. "My employer is Gerolsteiner, and the team decides whether I start or not," he told sportnet.at. "I want to compete in the race, because I prepared for it this winter and Paris-Nice is my first season highlight."
The Austrian admitted he didn't really know what was going on. "I have no idea whether such sanctions are really possible," he said in reference to the UCI's threat to suspend and fine riders who take part in the race. "It's too bad, because the sport actually has enough other problems."