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Six national federations oppose UCI ProTour

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
December 01, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:38 BST
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Latest Cycling News for December 1, 2006

The representatives of six national cycling federations (Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and...

The representatives of six national cycling federations (Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Luxembourg) have met on Thursday, November 30 in Paris and officially declared their opposition to the UCI ProTour "in its current form." Insisting on the creation of a round table assembling all parties involved in the sport (UCI, AIOCC, CPA, AIGCP), the federations aim to "find solutions which suit all, and not only a small core of persons at the UCI. If [the UCI] continues to oppose this, then the federations will organise the meeting without the UCI," according to a press statement.

The federations' representatives also made known that they will support the association of race organisers (AIOCC) in its proceeding before the European Commission regarding the legitimacy of the ProTour, and "deplored the UCI's treatment of the Continental circuit, attempting to privilege only the UCI ProTour." Rudolf Massak (Austria), Laurent De Backer (Belgium), José Grinan Lopez (Spain), Jean Pitallier (France), Renato Di Rocco (Italy) and Jean Regenwetter (Luxembourg) instead "esteem that the European Continental circuit should be managed by the UEC (European Union of Cycling)."

Furthermore, the high-ranking officials representing Europe' most important cycling nations expressed their "profound disagreement with the working methods of the UCI, in particular the participation in certain official events, the Vrijman report and the audit, which probably aims at damaging the prestige of the great cycling monuments."

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