The threats of the UCI to sanction any rider, who takes part in Paris-Nice, may have claimed their first casualty according to Sport Wereld.
Marc Madiot, sports director of French squad La Française des Jeux has expressed concern about sending his star rider and recent winner of Het Volk to the week long stage race in France. "I do not want my team leader suspended," he said. "If necessary we will start with eight French nationals in a race that is now part of the French calendar. Gilbert will ride Tirreno-Adriatico instead. I still have to talk with him about this."