Richard Moore raised the issue with Brian Cookson on The Cycling Podcast. I've transcribed the key excerpt here:
I believe the interview was conducted on the eve of the first stage, so perhaps even more details have been uncovered over the past week. But these are the first (to my knowledge) public comments on the topic from the UCI.
Brian Cookson is big on transparency, but I don't feel the need for absolute transparency in this process. I think the appropriate measure of force and the speed with which it is delivered are both more important than transparency.
The new UCI administration is very sensitive to the perception of the public, but I think they must also manage the perception of the athletes they govern. They must gain/maintain the trust of the athletes, and they can do this by showing that people will not be allowed to walk all over their rights without consequence. What do you think?