This week's most important cycling news.

Cookson suggests moving track cycling from summer to winter Olympics

Brian Cookson, the UCI president, suggests moving track cycling from the summer to the winter Olympics.

One of the reasons seems to be ecology: “If you have a problem with summer Olympics where the whole thing is perceived as over-heated with too many facilities, too many sports, too many competitors and so on, why not look at moving some of the other sports indoors that traditionally take place in the northern hemisphere winter? […] You could even say what about putting track cycling in the Winter Olympics?"

Moving track cycling to the Winter Olympics would also allow more events to take place according to Cookson, "If we moved track cycling to the Winter Olympics and that allowed us to have more track cycling events and more medals, that could be a pretty good outcome."

The UCI president seemed satisfied of the fact that his proposal was being widely discussed on Social media as his tweet demonstrates, “Happy to see twitter discussion on my comments on Olympic sports programme - the ‪#IOC's Agenda 2020 should encourage debate. Just an idea!”

He also highlighted that the key quote of his proposal was, "If we moved track to WOs and that allowed us more track cycling events and more medals, that could be a pretty good outcome."

However he specified that his was only an idea, and not an actual policy that is going to be adopted by the IOC, “But let's be clear, this is just an idea for discussion, not a formal UCI policy. Lots of discussion needed. Also love to see CX in WOs too.”

(BBC Sport)

Alessandro Ballan to challenge doping ban

Alessandro Ballan, the former BMC rider and 2008 World Champion, has decided to challenge his doping ban. He is going to present his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. As a result of his disqualification he was fired by BMC in January and was given a two-year ban.


New reforms for professional cycling

The Professional Cycling Council (PCC) met in Montreux (Switzerland) on March 26th and 27th to discuss ‘new terms of reference that the UCI ProTeams and organisers of UCI WorldTour events will eventually have to adhere to, shall go through a test phase before being adopted permanently.’

In an official statement released by the UCI all the new changes were mentioned and explained:

  • ‘The ‘teams’ terms of reference contain a certain number of rules that aim to change the culture of professional cycling in order to guarantee it is ethical. In particular, it is a question of obligations concerning the organisation of teams (composition and distribution of tasks), the preparation of riders (workload and care provided) as well as the employment and the certification of team personnel.’
  • ‘From the end of the 2016 season, the teams will be evaluated according to the new terms of reference in view of their registration for 2017. The terms of reference will be the object of a test phase during the two years beforehand: by some 10 voluntary UCI ProTeams at the end of 2014 in the perspective of registration for 2015, and by all UCI ProTeams at the end of 2015 for registration in 2016. These two seasons of experience will enable the final content of the terms of reference to be established. The teams will be able to use this period to adapt to the new rules before they become an obligation.’
  • ‘The PCC also validated a selection process for UCI ProTeams according to sporting criteria for the next two years: In 2015, the 16 best teams of the 2014 UCI WorldTour ranking will be given UCI ProTeam status (providing that they satisfy other necessary criteria). The two remaining places will be awarded to the two teams (UCI ProTeams, UCI Professional Continental Teams or new teams) with the highest accumulated points total from their best five riders on the UCI WorldTour individual ranking. The same system will be used in 2016.’
  • ‘From 2015, the name UCI ProTeam will be replaced by UCI WorldTeam while awaiting a permanent name from 2017.’
  • ‘The PCC affirmed its agreement with the philosophy and objectives of the MPCC (Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible), presided over by Roger Legeay and which comprises 11 UCI ProTeams and 16 UCI Professional Continental Teams determined to fight against doping. There will be reinforced consultation with the MPCC concerning regulations.’