By Katharina Schulz
As reported, Denmark's Sports Federation (DFI) does not want the Belgian-Swedish team Unibet.com to take part in the Tour of Denmark due to Danish legislation about gambling. Danish TV reported yesterday that the DFI is willing to follow that line in all sports, including where youth teams are concerned.
As of Saturday, Unibet.com had withdrawn from this weekend's two Danish classics, GLS Express Grand Prix Herning and Colliers Classic in Århus. The decision appeared to be a reaction to the conflict about gambling legislation, but according to Jyllandsposten and feltet.dk, the team withdrew a week ago and gave the reason "that a lot of their riders are ill or injured, and that they couldn't come to Denmark because of that."
"Later they offered to send their Continental Team, but on Thursday we learned that the Continental Team isn't coming either," said John van den Akker from Cycling Service in Belgium. Van den Akker had arranged for Unibet.com to race in Denmark.