Lefevere: ASO and the UCI are holding teams by the balls

Patrick Lefevere enjoying the sunshine

Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere has called on the UCI and race organisers to treat teams better, suggesting that the sport's global body and the Tour de France organiser "have the same goal: hold us by the balls." However Lefevere hit back by warning: "We have the actors, we pay them and without the actors, there’s no movie." Lefevere spoke to Cyclingnews as the next three-year phase of the men's WorldTour nears but the frustration amongst leading teams continues to grow. The much heralded WorldTour reforms pushed through by UCI President David Lappartient have resulted in no significant change to professional cycling's business model, with the team still hugely dependent on sponsorship, while race organisers retain all of the television rights income. On Tuesday the UCI revealed that 23 teams have confirmed their interest in applying for WorldTour status for 2020-2022, with Arkea-Samsic, Vital Concept, Cofidis, Direct Energie and Israel ...

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