Hein: No ProTour relegation

Tour organisers ASO may want a relegation system added to the ProTour, but UCI boss Hein Verbruggen

Tour organisers ASO may want a relegation system added to the ProTour, but UCI boss Hein Verbruggen
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen has expressed his unhappiness with the attitude of Tour de France organisers ASO with regard to the introduction of the ProTour. Speaking to L'Equipe, which is also owned by ASO, Verbruggen said he was pleased to see the ProTour on the verge of starting at last, but stated he "was not happy with ASO's attitude." ASO, together with the organisers of the Vuelta and Giro, delayed the entry of their events into the ProTour until certain amendments were made. In addition, the three race organisations have said that they will consider pulling out of the circuit at the end of this season if further amendments are not considered, including the promotion/relegation of teams. Verbruggen insisted this issue is not up for negotiation. "That topic is closed, it is not going to happen. No one wants it except for ASO and I don't know why they do. Our sport is, above all, a sport for individuals. A system of relegation at the end of a season would not help in any way because as soon as a team was relegated its riders would move to another ProTour team."
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