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McQuaid cautiously optimistic about ProTour talks

UCI president Pat McQuaid at the inaugural ProTour awards in 2005

UCI president Pat McQuaid at the inaugural ProTour awards in 2005 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Shane Stokes

UCI President Pat McQuaid has said that he is hopeful that a positive outcome will emerge from the current round of talks being held on the ProTour. Speaking to Cyclingnews on Tuesday, he said that several discussions have been held of late and that it seems that some progress may be being made.

"The ProTour talks are ongoing," he confirmed, by phone from the UCI headquarters in Aigle. "There are different groups meeting and dealing with the different areas involved. From the reports that we are hearing back from our people involved in the talks, the talks are positive and it seems that each of the stakeholders involved - and when I say each, I mean each and every one of them - are interested in finding a solution to the problems."

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