"Our team has decided to participate at Paris-Nice," said Team Silence-Lotto, explaining simply, "We do not want to take a position, we want to race."
Noting the importance of the race to the team, and "with regards to the engagement by the UCI ProTour four years ago, our team has decided to participate at Paris-Nice, for the interest of cycling," the team said in a press release.
"But our team wishes – for the cycling sport, for our supporters, for our riders and for our sponsors – that a dialogue starts between UCI, the race organizers, the teams and the riders, to put an end to the present conflict situation," it added.
The statement concluded, "It is high time that all parts start considering, and that a solution is found, cycling has already suffered enough."
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