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21.03.2008/ The open letter from Henry Fecherolle has showed a positive effect on the fight between the race organizer A.S.O. and the world cycling Union (UCI): "In the meantime I have received post from the president of the UCI, Pat McQuaid" Fecherolle said.

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Henry Fecherolle ( Henry Fecherolle)

Earlier Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said in a reaction on the open letter that cycling is in great danger. Now UCI president Pat McQuaid reacted on the open letter. McQuaid has send a letter to Henry Fecherolle, a sports journalist from Cologne, who wrote the text of the open letter.

In his response, McQuaid said that he was doing his best to find a quick solution for the conflict, one which would satisfy everyone. He added that "we have to find our way back to an atmosphere of trust and cooperation."

Fecherolle sees this as an important step and indeed it seems that there could be some movement in the conflict. "I had a long and positive telephone call with a representant of the UCI, that I don’t want to comment at this time."

Signature action laid aside momentarily

Many participants from the European cycling community have signed and thus supported the open letter over the last two weeks. "The most important thing was to make clear to both parties that a lot of other people besides them are involved,people who aren't willing to bear the consequences," Fecherolle explained. "This message has safely arrived! For this reason I have said that I will lay the signature action aside for the time being, and hope that, with this 'new knowledge", the UCI and A.S.O. can find a better way to go."

"Both parties should know that the action is only resting and that I will keep a close eye on how the situation developes," Fecherolle concluded.

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