Vuelta expects some ProTour teams to bail out

In the debate around the recently proposed "Trophy of the three Grand Tours" by their respective...

In the debate around the recently proposed "Trophy of the three Grand Tours" by their respective organisers in France, Italy and Spain, Vuelta a España organiser Ignacio Ayuso said that he was not expecting all of the 20 ProTour teams to take part in his race. Regarding the declarations of former UCI president Hein Verbruggen, who said that the Grand Tours would be organised "for junior riders" soon if they did not enter the ProTour, Ayuso wasn't worried. "We will invite all 20 ProTour teams, but expect a handful of them to bail out," the Unipublic president said. "Therefore, the six Spanish professional teams will get the opportunity to start automatically."

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