So today the teams were announced for the inaugural Tour of Yorkshire; I refuse to use ‘de’ as its not held in France, its in Britain! The biggest talking point is that 2 of the countries UCI Continental teams, teams that have for a number of years supported fully UK cycling, have been refused entry.
Both Raleigh GAC and JTL Condor find themselves looking for alternative racing at the beginning of May and its not exactly clear why. Some have mentioned conspiracies and some of the selections do seem a little strange.
Looking at the start list 5 British domestic teams have been included. Its obvious why NFTO and One Pro Cycling are there, look at the starts they have had to the 2015 season. The ASO tend to pick in form teams for its wildcards in other events, so I guess no surprises there. However a GB development team and Team Wiggins have also been included, many believe at the expense of Raleigh GAC and JLT Condor.
One question comes to my mind, would Team Wiggins be included if Bradley hadn’t been given licence buy the UCI to join from Sky before he should have. The UCI rules mean that a rider can only change teams mid-season in the month of June. I guess we will never know.
Additionally why are there basically 2 GB development teams (of 8 riders each), these being Team Wiggins and Team GB? Are there actually 16 British development riders who are capable of riding a race of this quality? I guess we will find out.
In case you are wondering the 5th team selected are Madison Genesis.
All I can say is that I have been impressed by how the team principles of both JLT Condor and Raleigh GAC have today release statements wishing the domestic teams selected the very best and to put on a good show. Hugely sporting.
I wondering if in the coming days the ASO will make public their reasoning for selections, but I suspect not, the ASO aren’t known for their transparency.
Personally I wont be going north in May, its going to be far too hetic and far to busy for me, I just hope the huge crowds I suspect will attend do not affect the racing by getting in the way, as they did on Stage 1 of the TdF last year.