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?