McQuaid threatens sponsors over sandwiches in Beijing.

China. Sandwich. Threat.

The embarrassing saga continues…

According to an undisclosed source, UCI president McQuaid sent threatening letters to the sponsors of all team involved in the Tour of Beijing warning of repercussions if riders did not eat the provided beef and pork sandwiches.

The fear of clenbuterol contamination is high in China and many teams advised their riders to avoid beef and pork. Jonathan Vaughters, the head of Garmin-Cervelo and a vocal critic of McQuaid, had gone on record that his team would not eat any potentially dangerous meats.

However, is a strongly worded letter that Twisted Spoke has obtained, the UCI president made it clear he would accept no beef avoidance. We quote from the text of his letter:

“I can also assure you that any team who does not eat the tasty pork and beef sandwiches in Beijing will be brought before the UCI Licence Commission at the end of the year and risks losing its licence and all the associated benefits.”

This is scary stuff. First the threat to take away ProTour licenses for non-participation. Now the even more bizarre “sandwich” threat.

Where will the madness of King Pat end?

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  • Max

    May I assume that the ad below your column "The Best Way To Get Rid Of Lice Is To Avoid Them" was intentional? Please?

    • http://www.atwistedspoke.com TwistedSpoke

      Google does have a sense of humor and even they think McQuaid is incompetent. Matt

  • http://www.xinqiwen.com premium7

    One must wonder how much free time McQuaid has on his hands if he's worried about the Chinese 'losing face' over sandwiches. They lost enough face with blatantly excluding their own citizens from watching their own race. . .