The International Professional Cycling Teams (IPCT) have decided to vote Discovery Channel off the island. The group which is chaired by chaired by hypocritical Quick Step boss Patrick Lefevere.
The move is to maintain the integrity of the sport which is called into question when Discovery signed Ivan Basso and violated the gemtlemen’s agreement to refrain from signing riders involved in Operation Puerto.
Lefevre feels that involvement with a rider accused in doping is persona non grata. Except if that rider is Johan Museeuw.
We all knew that this was going to end up in court at some point. I originally thought it would be riders who are exonerated suing to regain employment. It seems that Discovery will be leading the way with the men in pinstripe suits.
The ICPT also voted to recommend that the ProTour be reduced to 18 teams thus eliminating the licenses of Phonak and Astana. Happy Holidays Vino!
I’ll tell you, for a guy whose name has never appeared on any dossier, Vino is getting hit with a lot of fire.
Finally, the ProTour is expected to award those two licenses on Monday. Watching closley are Unibet.com, Barloworld, Astana, the team formerly known as Astana (Active Bay). Expect a fight on that one.