By Jason Sumner, VeloNews associate editor
Turns out the U.S. track team didn’t get all dressed up for nothing after all.
Rewind to the final day of competition at World Cup No. 1 in Monterrey, Mexico last Sunday. Following the final individual awards ceremony, a fully-uniformed U.S. team headed up to towards the podium for what they thought would be the presentation of the top-team award. But race officials stopped the Americans short, saying they’d recalculated some numbers and that the Germans were in fact the winners of the team award. The Americans briefly argued the point, but then relented. The German team was given the award.
Well, three days later it looks like the U.S. team was the winner after all. At least that’s according to a letter from UCI President of the Panel of Commissaries Andy Taus, which was sent to the U.S. track team, then forwarded to VeloNews. In the letter Taus, who was one of the UCI officials in Mexico, wrote, “This letter is to inform you and the USA staff that an error was found in the overall points classifications for the World Track Cup in Mexico this past weekend. The USA team was first in the points standings. I have sent an E-mail to the UCI office [informing them of] the error. I hope to resolve this as quickly as possible. As soon as I know the out come from the UCI office I will inform you.”
No word yet on the final outcome, but in the meantime VeloNews is taking a collection to buy the UCI a shiny new calculator.