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UCI ProTour re-signs five races

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
August 30, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:47 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, August 30, 2008

After a tumultuous year of battles with the Grand Tour organisers, the UCI's ProTour series will...

After a tumultuous year of battles with the Grand Tour organisers, the UCI's ProTour series will continue on in 2009, and the series has re-signed five of the current races through the 2012 season. The UCI announced that its Licenses Commission approved the contracts of the Spanish races; Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, and Clasica Ciclista San Sebastián, and the GP Ouest France-Plouay and Tour de Pologne.

The races will join the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie, which already have a license for the next season.

The UCI's statement said that the Licenses Commission still has yet to decide on the applications of some other UCI ProTour organizers who wish to continue to be a part of the series. The ProTour will be a part of the new "UCI World Calendar" which includes the major races of the Grand Tour organisers.

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