Volume: 7 Issue: 10
The Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA) is to poll its members on whether they support the Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) 23 September decision to phase out two-way radios in professional cycling.
"The CPA has already asked the riders about it several times during the last two years and the result was that 50% of them want to try the experience, so it is difficult to go against the other 50%", said CPA President Cédric Vasseur. "We will look carefully at what happens next year - where there will be no radio, but also no big events - and reorganise a poll at the end of the 2010 season. If the experience is accepted by the majority, then no problem. Otherwise, we will ask the UCI to reconsider."
The UCI's release said that 'members were of the opinion that two-way radio distorts the nature of cycle sport'. A calendar for implementation of the ban has yet to be drawn up. The second day of a two-day ban on radio use during the 2009 Tour de France was abandoned after riders staged a go-slow and filed a petition with the UCI citing safety fears.