Today in Brussels, at 14.00, there will be an emergency meeting between cycling's heads of state. The meeting stems from last Friday's International Professional Cycling Teams (IPCT) pow-wow, where it demanded peace talks to help solve the current row between the UCI ProTour and the Grand Tour organizers, specifically ASO.
At the table, in hopes to salvage cycling before the season really gets going, will be UCI President Pat McQuaid and UCI ProTour Manager Alain Rumpf; Grand Tour organizers Patrice Clerc (AS0, Tour de France), Angelo Zomegnan (RCS, Giro) and Victor Cordero (Unipublic, Vuelta); IPCT representatives Patrick Lefevere, Roberto Amadio and Theo De Rooy; and 17 (of 20) economic representatives of the ProTour teams.
Amadio, Team Manager of Liquigas, believes this meeting should put responsibility on the two parties to work together. "If Monday comes and there is not a solution then we will know who is to blame," said the Italian over the weekend to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We want that they see each other in the face and understand if the rules of cycling can be preserved."
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the riders have communicated via President of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), Francesco Moser, that, depending on the outcome of this meeting, Tuesday, they will meet to decide what action they will take.
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