A small nugget from the UCI’s annual report, the triumphant report of rising internet traffic to the governing body’s website…
The statistics concerning the www.uci.ch website are also very encouraging. Nearly 2.8 million visits were recorded in 2010 (compared with 2.3 million in 2009). Furthermore, the previous record number of visits in one day was demolished when over 62,000 visits were made on 30 September.
What exciting news happened on 30 September 2010 to cause a rise in web traffic?
Well that was the day Alberto Contador’s positive test for Clebuterol was announced. I don’t know about you but this probably isn’t something to get boast about. It was one of the worst pieces of news the sport has seen in recent years and rising web traffic on the back of this isn’t that encouraging.
It’s the “Communications Service” of the UCI that is excited by record number, surely it should know better? To make matters worse, remember that the story was poorly handled, there were mysterious delays in announcing the case and it was eventually flushed out by the German reporter Hajo Seppelt right in the middle of the World Championships in Geelong.