Rabobank expects fine for starting at Paris - Nice

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10.03.2008/ Rabobank's Henri van der Aat expects that the International Cycling Union (UCI) will not ban riders that started at Paris - Nice yesterday. Van der Aat believes the UCI will punish the teams with a fine. The Rabobank manager thinks cycling needs a new structure.

Rabobank's Henri van der Aat told Dutch Daily newspaper 'De Telegraaf' that he does not expect that his riders will be banned by the UCI. Van der Aat said:"They said that they could ban them. I think they will work with fines. Our team will pay for that."
Van der Aat said he never considered to take top riders like Gesink and Flecha out to protect them. "If you start, than you should do it right. I would have found it unfair to take some riders from the roster, you would automatically sacrifice the others."

The former temporary Rabobank team manager hopes to agree with race organiser ASO, UCI and the teams on a new structure for professional cycling. "We have to install a qualification system with neutral criteria." Van der Aat added: "Then you know exactly where and wenn you are allowed to race."

Van der Aat represents the Rabobank squad in several team organisations. The conflict is about power and money. "In professional sports money is always a decisive factor.," van der Aat said. "But if you organise it well, everybody will receive more revenues. We are all responsible for a huge breakdown. We have to crack the chaos.""

The ongoing dispute between ASO und UCI and the lack of repect for the sport is under growing critism.

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