By Andrew Hood
The pro racer’s association is threatening legal action within a week if portions of prize money from the 2007 Tour de France being withheld by the French cycling federation are left unpaid.
The Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) issued the threat Wednesday in the face of more stalling from the French cycling federation, which is charged with handing out of the Tour prize money.
According to a CPA communiqué, the entire prize money allotment totally more than $4 million should have been paid by Oct. 27, 2007, but the French cycling federation has yet to release all the money.
Earlier efforts by the CPA and UCI president Pat McQuaid have not prompted a reaction from the French federation. So far, the French authorities have not commented on the case.
The CPA said Wednesday it would reserve its right for legal action if an answer was not received within eight days.