FIC chief Di Rocco was reportedly in a huge clash with UCI President over Astana’s license but the Italian has strongly denied any question of row with Brian Cookson.
As per the reports, the FIC boss raised a query that why Management Committee of the UCI weren’t consulted prior to UCI’s recommendation of revoking Astana of WorldTour status by License Commission.
Di Ricco, a member of the Management Committee himself, accused the UCI boss of taking to unilateral approach instead of permitting License Commission in taking independent decisions.
“License Commission must be & is an independent & autonomous body. Why is it that License Commission isn’t acting independently in this particular case?” queried Di Ricco.
The UCI boss responded shortly explaining that every needed procedure was followed with the Astana case & that discussions took place between Executive Committee members post an audit review on Astana by ISSUL disclosed differences in between the team’s license application & audit results.
“I have seen those reports but there is no such clash between myself & Brian”, explained the FIC boss.
“I have no idea how these letters appeared in public but they did not come from my side. It is just a dialogue in between those who belong to same organization”, he continued.
“We keep on writing to one another around once in a week regarding so many things. Certainly, at this very moment, Astana issue is all around yet I feel we had a very open & normal dialogue. It could be that my letter evaluated the Astana issue differently to Cookson.”
Honestly, it is just a dialogue and not any conflict. I have got great doubts regarding this case on the basis of my experience & I just hope that Cookson & the legal team of UCI are serene & tranquil.”