By Susan Westemeyer
This year's Paris-Nice started with all ProTour teams except one, and Swedish Cycling federation president Anders Björklund is not happy about it. "The Swedish Cycling Federation supports Unibet one hundred percent in its fight against injustice," he said. The Unibet.com team rides under a Swedish license, and Björklund feels that their being left out of Paris-Nice is the fault of the UCI.
Björklund no longer supports UCI President Pat McQuaid, he told the Belgian newspaper Sporza. "The UCI and McQuaid are satisfied, but the UCI has lost face. It has an agreement, but it no longer follows its own rules."
"The people of Unibet have invested a lot of money in order to join the ProTour," he continued. "And now they are getting nothing in return. Apparently cycling is only a sport for middle and southern Europe."