'I should be able to plan my own program' - Thibau Nys responds to UCI World Cup comments

Belgian Thibau Nys pictured in action during the mens elite race at the World Cup cyclocross cycling event in Troyes France stage 4 out of 14 of the UCI World Cup cyclocross competition Sunday 19 November 2023BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS Photo by JASPER JACOBS BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by JASPER JACOBSBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Thibau Nys (Baloise Trek Lions) rode to seventh place at Troyes in his third World Cup appearance of 2023-2024 season (Image credit: JASPER JACOBS BELGA MAG AFP via Getty Images)

Thibau Nys (Baloise Trek Lions) finished seventh on Sunday in Troyes, France in the fourth round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup and while the Baloise Trek rider may not have been on the podium, he was still in the spotlight. The young Belgian used the occasion to react to recent harsh remarks directed his way by UCI Chairman David Lappartient.

"I just don't have that World Cup classification in mind. The result is that you choose match by match," the 21-year-old told viewers of VTM News after the race according to a report by Sporza

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).