This book is hard work to get through, partly because of the poor translation, but it does represent a searing indictment of the UCI, and its arbitrary, biassed, opaque and tyrannical behaviour towards a cyclist who the UCI had decided it no longer wanted among its ranks. Michael Rasmussen had exploited loopholes in the whereabouts rules as they existed in 2007, and when he made the mistake of getting the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, his own national federation and the UCI breached his right to confidentiality and hung him out to dry with the gentlemen of the press. This was the year after the Floyd Landis affair and the Tour de France did not want the possibility of another winner being disqualified after he had stood on the top step of the podium in Paris. Rasmussen was thrown off the tour when he was almost certain to win it, dismissed by his team and banned for two years. All that was bad enough, but even after he had served his ban, the UCI were not content to let it rest. They let it be known that any professional team which employed him might find themselves excluded from prestigious competitions including the three Grand Tours, which was obviously bad news for sponsors and led to his being repeatedly turned down at the last minute by teams who had been prepared to give him a contract. Both Rasmussen's own national federation and the UCI repeatedly failed to give him any answers when he asked what he had to do in order to be allowed to earn money again as a professional cyclist. Rasmussen pointed out that other cyclists who had broken the rules had been allowed back into the professional peloton once they had served their ban, but all to no avail, the UCI were implacable.
Reading through the list of rules which the UCI itself has broken and its appalling treatment of this one cyclist makes one realise that the UCI itself needs a fundamental change in its personnel, its structure and its attitude. Get rid of all the top brass including Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen and start again with people whose morals are beyond question, and who the cyclists themselves can trust and identify with.