Patrick Lefevere is leaving his post as head of the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP), he has told the Gazet van Antwerpen. He said that he was tired of the constant quarrels between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Grand Tour organisers. "After two and a half years I've had enough."
"The bosses of the UCI and those from the Grand Tours sit around and endlessly search for an agreement that never comes. I don't want to do that to myself any more."
The 52 year-old said that he wanted more time for himself and for his family. "I want to cycle, to ski, to pay attention to my health. If I still have a team in 2009, then I will want to be able to enjoy my riders' performances and not have to drive from here to there to sit unnecessarily at negotiation tables."
Lefevere's contract with Quick.Step expires the end of 2008, and he hopes to know by July 1 at the latest whether the sponsorship contract will be extended.