Kilo petition nears ten thousand

The on-line petition to request the UCI to reconsider its decision to drop the kilometre and 500m time trials from the Olympic Games has almost reached ten thousand signatures. Commentator Paul Sherwen added his name to the list earlier today and over the weekend British former pro Tony Hoar signed. Hoar was one of the first British riders to finish the Tour de France, taking home the lanterne rouge for last rider on the general classification in the 1955 Tour.

The petition closes at midnight today, and organizer Carlton Reid of hopes to reach ten thousand names before then. "I reckon 10k will be a tough number for the UCI to argue with," says Reid. "It's confirming to national cycle federations that there's opposition out there and they should lodge their own, official complaints."

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