While the French team went to Australia to compete in the world championships, not all the riders were in the same boat during the trip…
The choice of the UCI to organize the world championships in Wollongong, Australia, continues to make waves. Several runners have indeed decided to skip it because of the long journey from Europe and some federations like Ireland and New Zealand have even decided to skip it because of the cost of route.
Recently, Wout van Aert had also complained about the cost of the trip, or rather the upgrade, at his expense. The Belgian Federation had indeed decided to take only economy class flights for its riders, the latter having to pay out of pocket for the passage to business. The French Federation has been more generous with its riders.
The Federation assumes
Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet and others were able to reach Australia in business class. Not everyone has had this chance: the tricolor runners had to settle for economy class! A choice assumed by the leaders of French cycling. “It is a choice of the DTN and the French Cycling Federation”we confirmed to Ouest-France within the Federation.
“Everyone traveled in economy class, except the pro men. Why did we do it? Because the men are going to defend their title this year, again, said this member of the FFC. And especially because it was necessary to make economic choices. This trip being very far away, it costs a lot. And if we wanted to take everyone, we had to make choices. And if everyone had been in business, a lot of people would have stayed home. »