Are you ready for a story so shocking you won't be able to believe it? Well stop reading now, because, this ain't it. After Christopher Froome's shocking decision to ride the Tour de France, next he tells us that he won't be using a motor home. The UCI saw to that. An amendment to article 2.2.010 of the UCI regulations causes the article to now state: "In all road stage races on the international calendar, the organisers must cover the subsistence expenses from the night before the start to the final day; riders must stay in the hotels provided by the organiser throughout the entire duration of the race. "
This means [shock horror] that Froome must brave a Novotel. We saw Richie Porte use a motor home for the Giro, and the UCI and ASO didn't want that to come to their race. They say that the rule change was "made in order to reaffirm absolute fairness between all riders," and "is effective immediately". Fair enough really. Anyone have an opinion? No? Me neither. Froome does, he's not pleased, tweeting about when he "had to sleep on the floor." Poor Chris.
Slightly bigger news is that the UCI and ASO aren't very pleased with each other. Reuters say that the Amaury Sport Organisation sent "a letter" to cycling's governing body threatening to withdraw its races from the UCI calendar should cycling not be reformed in 2017 as was proposed a while ago. These races are prestigious ones, including Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the other Ardennes classics, Paris-Nice, the Criterium du Dauphiné and of course the Tour de France. Their problem is that races clash with one another, and ASO aren't happy, cue temper tantrum.
This of course, will not stop the races from existing, or even much about how they are run. The main difference is that the UCI have no control over which teams go, it would totally be at the discretion of ASO.
It's not the first time the organisations have clashed. In 2008, ASO tried to stop Astana entering the race due to Vinokourov in 2008...and won. They clashed over Unibet...and won. Anyone think we'll be seeing a few changes?