The favorites are starting to show themselves and the UCI is in the dog house again.
a race course. The money could be used to bolster the race's bank account so it doesn't teeter on the brink of extermination like some Spanish races have (breaking news - Vuelta al País Vasco and Clasíca San Sebastian are saved at least for this year). If they live-streamed their race on a site with ads that could be another method of creating income.
It's only fair that television profits should be shared with the teams that are making it happen on the roads for our enjoyment, and in the case of the UCI, making money for Aigle.
I don't hold much hope that this vote of no confidence will do much. The UCI wields too much power and the AIGCP doesn't have much recourse. Here in the States basketball players have gone on strike, but the cycling is too fractured to have that kind of unity. While I don't propose teams sit out races in protest, as I think that will destroy events, the AIGCP members need to get together, put aside internal and quite frankly distracting issues like the use of race radios, and focus on the big picture - what can be done to ensure professional cycling can withstand financial hardships? Profit sharing is the important step to protect the longevity of the sport.
Until next week, watch daily video highlights from the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico in the video section right here on Roadcycling.com starting this coming Wednesday.