Two key cycling organizations commented on the 2008 UCI calendar and urged a peaceful start to the 2008 season. The International Professional Cycling Teams (ICPT) and International Group of Cycling Professionals (AIGCP) said in a statement Wednesday that they had noticed that the UCI decided not to put a number of major events on the ProTour calendar for 2008. Many events like the Grand Tours and other major events organized by ASO, RCS Sport, and Unipublic have been omitted.
The statement said that considering the situation, the teams would act directly with the organizers about their participation in those events and that they could not appreciate the UCI imposing their criteria of all ProTour teams competing considering the events were not on the ProTour calendar.
The statement concluded by asking for a quick resolution to the ongoing dialogue for the purpose of guaranteeing a peaceful season in 2008 and avoiding the polemics that characterized the start of the 2007 season.