Hein's other suggested changes

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Robert Chung, Mar 16, 2003.

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  1. Robert Chung

    Robert Chung Guest

    Here's a pointer to an article that appeared in Le Monde a couple of days ago, in which Verbruggen
    discusses his view of the future of pro cycling:
    http://www.lemonde.fr/article/0,5987,3242--312928-,00.html

    My rough translation follows. As always, if something sounds weird or stilted, it's 'cuz of my
    translation (i.e., don't go quoting this as the definitive translation):

    "Cycling authorities consider the creation of a professional league

    "[The dramatic events about Kivilev] these last few days eclipsed an announcement made by the
    president of the UCI, Hein Verbruggen. He foresees a major evolution of professional cycling: the
    creation, in the next 5 to 10 years, of a professional league on the American model.

    "More sponsorship

    "'We are thinking of creating a Premier competition league," he explained, "a closed league with a
    specific number of teams guaranteed for a certain number of races and composed of the best riders."
    The objective: to create more opportunities for sponsors and sponsorships to a sport which currently
    attracts about 350 million euros per year.

    "'Right now, we ask team sponsors to make investments but we can't guarantee them participation in
    the top races,' he said. Only the UCI Top Ten clubs are assured participation from the beginning of
    the season in the Grand Tours (the TdF, the Giro, and the Vuelta) and the World Cup races. Other
    teams depend on the race organizers for their invitations. It was because of a situation like this
    for the 2002 TdF that the Big Mat team, which will end its sponsorship at the end of this year, had
    threatened to do so at the end of 2002.

    "A 'closed' league would guarantee the sponsors a return on their investment. On the sporting level,
    on the other hand, it would remove pressure on small teams-- many of whom are on shaky economic
    grounds-- who already have great difficulty in taking part in the major races.

    "'Our sport is hard to read at the moment,' said Jean-Marie Leblanc, the head of the TdF and
    Paris-Nice races, "it's not normal for a small team to participate in a Grand Tour while a champion
    rider leaves a big team for a small one for the money. What's needed is more professionalism, with
    the best riders on the highest level races.

    "'However, we can't have a completely static and closed league,' said Leblanc. "There must be the
    possibility of promotions and relegations-- based on performance; one shouldn't be able to buy a
    place in a race."
     
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  2. Bart

    Bart Guest

    Robert Chung wrote:
    > As always, if something sounds weird or stilted, it's 'cuz of my translation

    This is a bizarre statement when introducing some HEIN samples.
     
  3. Robert Chung

    Robert Chung Guest

    "Bart" <[email protected]> wrote
    > Robert Chung wrote:
    > > As always, if something sounds weird or stilted, it's 'cuz of my translation
    >
    > This is a bizarre statement when introducing some HEIN samples.

    Point taken.
     
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