The French Biking Federation has defended its resolution to fly its males to the Biking International Championships in Australia in industry elegance whilst the ladies’s crew travelled in economic system.
Information of the verdict has provoked grievance in France.
However Christophe Manin, French biking’s nationwide technical director, mentioned the verdict used to be in keeping with cash and the boys’s higher likelihood of successful
“We do not have the way to place everybody in industry,” Manin instructed AFP.
The 9 participants of the boys’s crew, together with two-time protecting international champion Julian Alaphilippe, travelled in industry whilst the remainder of the crowd, together with seven girls riders, female and male riders within the junior occasions and the toughen workforce, have been in economic system.
Manin additionally didn’t make the 20-hour shuttle to Wollongong to save cash.
“Some nations, like Eire, have determined no longer to take part within the International Championships,” he mentioned. “We requested ourselves if we must take all of the classes, particularly the juniors. We did it.
“However we do not have the way to place everybody in industry.
“For the boys, we have been international champions for the remaining two years. We’re truly going there to win, whilst we’re extra of an interloper within the women’ pageant.
“If we had the mountain motorcycle international championships in Australia with the similar financial option to make, we’d put the 2 women in industry and the men in economic system”, he mentioned, regarding four-time move nation international champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Eu champion Loana Lecomte.
Workforce supervisor Thomas Voeckler, who travelled economic system, instructed AFP: “I’m concentrating at the recreation and I haven’t any power to lose so long as the riders of the French crew are proud to put on the colors of the jersey.”