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Women's 2013 Cycle Classic Cancelled
10 Dec, 2012
The 2013 version of the UCI 2.2 Women’s tour of New Zealand planned to take place from 20 to 24 February 2013 has been postponed until 2014.
One of the main reasons for this decision is that race organisers found it financially difficult to comply with the new UCI rules regarding drug testing; this will imply a high cost to the organisers for both the men and women’s tour.
Race Director Jorge Sandoval has mix feelings about the whole issue.
“The UCI won’t allow DFSNZ to conduct test in UCI events in New Zealand, this mean they will sent a UCI drugs inspector to New Zealand, we will have to import all testing devices from Overseas, do at least 20 tests during the five days of racing, get a license to export human samples overseas, send all samples to a laboratory in Sydney to be tested all at our costs, this is approximately $30,000 per event.”
“Although we cannot afford these costs, I fully understand the sport has to take a tough stance and the UCI has no option but to take the lead in finding drug cheats, I am all out for drug testing but we have to put everything into perspective.”
“For me this is a hard decision for cycling in New Zealand, especially when we have a very professional organization in this country such as DFSNZ who do a very good job testing sportsman from all activities all the time.  After hundreds of tests over the last twenty six years, we have never found any rider positive, I think the UCI is using these resources at the wrong end of cycling, they should concentrate these efforts more in the pro tour peloton.”
“My team and I had been working hard over the last few months to avoid this but reality must set in.  Hopefully if the UCI changes their criteria for doping control in countries like New Zealand we can bring back the women’s tour in 2014 bigger and better than before.”
“I am not very happy doing this but I rather have one good race than two half ones, now I will put all my efforts in staging another very successful NZCT men’s international tour in Manawatu.” Sandoval said.

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Jorge Sandoval - Hamstrung by the UCI testing regulations

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