Paris - Motorhomes may be banned for riders on the Tour de France as the
International Cycling Union (UCI) looks to preserve the fairness between the
teams, Team Sky have the intention on taking them to the race for their staff.
"We'll allow the staff in the motorhomes," team manager Dave
Brailsford said on Monday as he named his nine-man squad for the Tour.
The move, he explained, will free up hotel rooms and allow some riders to
enjoy a full room for themselves while they usually sleep in twin rooms in
hotels provided by organisers.
"In all road stage races on the international calendar the organisers
must cover the subsistence expenses of the teams from the night before the
start to the final day," the UCI's management committee said in a
statement earlier this month.
"Riders must stay in the hotels provided by the organiser throughout
the entire duration of the race. The decision was made in order to reaffirm
absolute fairness between all riders."
Sky tried out the motorhome setup with Richie Porte in last month's Giro
Brailsford feels some hotels provided this year were "not great"
and says that being able to sleep in familiar surroundings would help to
improve the daily recovery process as "sport science is massive on sleep
at the moment".