The UCI encourages teams to dope - again.
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/lat ... teria.htmlFive teams have been named as not initially meeting the Union Cycliste Internationale's criteria set for 'sporting value' in the registration process for top-tier ProTeam status.
Ag2r La Mondiale, Geox-TMC, FDJ, Euskaltel-Euskadi and Europcar were all ranked outside the top 15 teams, according to the UCI's system which ranks teams based partly on their riders' sporting performances during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
No wonder doping is still prevalent in the sport. The message appears to be 'All teams must be equally successful and if you get your censored kicked, even if this is because you are racing clean and so can't keep up with the dopers, then we won't let you ride with the "real pros" any more'...
This is much the same situation that Kimmage criticised years ago, when he pointed out that the need to accumulate UCI points, primarily in order to ensure that the team will get rides in the big events, encourages riders to dope in any event that carries points, so creating the notorious 'GP de Chaudieres'.
Perhaps the UCI has taken delivery of some large brown paper bags recently and is looking to replace the French teams with some dodgy outfits from China. Well, it worked for the Kierin...