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We Interrupt Your Enjoyment of Racing for a Moment of Stupidity...

I often wonder what it will take before Pat McQuaid has his own sitcom. Surely he's thought of that, it's the only explanation for stuff like this:

Now, the UCI is planning to file suit against ASO and RCS, the organiser of the Giro d'Italia and Tirreno-Adriatico. "There's no reason why Unibet should not have been invited to Tirreno-Adriatico. RCS broke their agreement. We're currently looking into the possibilities of taking legal action against ASO and RCS," McQuaid told Cyclingnews....

Laugh track... NOW!

Recall, here's the provision of the peace deal that McQuaid thinks might give him leverage:

"Without prejudicing their right to grant wild cards to all other teams of their choice, for the duration of this agreement ASO, RCS and Unipublic will examine in a positive spirit the granting of wild cards to the teams Astana and Unibet, in particular insofar as such decisions are not likely to expose or be likely to expose the organisers to legal consequences, of whatever nature they might be."

You could drive a truck through that loophole, except the provision doesn't have enough substance to sustain one. It says they will be kind when looking at Unibet's application. Right before throwing it in the trash. No sane person could read some sort of contractual obligation into such language, let alone someone who was in the room listening as they hammered out the words. Yet cRaZy Pat thinks it's time to lawyer up because Unibet didn't get to ride Tirreno-Adriatico (Unibet was also threatened with exclusion from Gent-Wevelgem due to Belgium's national gambling law til the race organizers relented).

The peace deal was always a band-aid, meant to stem the bleeding until after the Giro di Lombardia, but even that temporary show of good will is too much for cRaZy Pat to bear. Is there any way we can fire this guy? Now, I mean? Today? Before he starts threatening teams who intend to ride in the Tour de France?