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AIGCP opposed to UCI's two-way radio ban

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Cycling News
Published:
October 13, 2009, 21:08 BST,
Updated:
October 13, 2009, 22:23 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The AIGCP opposes the UCI's plan to phase out two-way race radios. Team Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara is pictured speaking into his radio during the 2009 Vuelta a Espana.

The AIGCP opposes the UCI's plan to phase out two-way race radios. Team Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara is pictured speaking into his radio during the 2009 Vuelta a Espana.

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Association requests meeting with UCI

The International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) has requested a hearing with the International Cycling Union (UCI) regarding last month's decision by the UCI to implement a ban of two-way radios in races.

The AIGCP met on Tuesday in Paris on the eve of the announcement of the 2010 Tour de France and will write to the UCI on the subject, according to AFP.

"We do not want this to be a fait accompli," an AIGCP member told AFP. "The teams are opposed to this measure, but they are not opposed to an evolution. They are open to discussions on adjustments to make cycling more attractive to the media and the public."

Ten ProTour teams and 12 Pro Continental teams attended Tuesday's meeting chaired by AIGCP president Jonathan Vaughters, general manager of the ProTour Garmin-Slipstream team.

On September 23, the UCI's Management Committee met in Mendrisio, Switzerland and voted that the two-way radios currently used by riders and teams to exchange tactical and safety information should disappear from professional racing. The UCI plans to announce its timetable for implementing the ban in the coming weeks or months.

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