ProTour calendar falls into place

Everyone now seems to be agreement - for now at least - and the ProTour will go ahead next year and

Everyone now seems to be agreement - for now at least - and the ProTour will go ahead next year and
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The International Cycling Union (UCI) has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the organisers of the three major tours to bring these and other events they organise into next season's ProTour. The UCI also confirmed the establishment of a working group that will continue discussions over the format for the ProTour beyond the 2005 season. This working group will be comprise four members designated by the UCI's Professional Cycling Council (PCC), four members designated by the AIGCP (International Association of Professional Cycling Teams) and four members designated by the AIOCC (International Association of Cycle Racing Organisers). This 12-person group will be given the task of working through the differences of opinion that still exist between members of these three organisations over the ProTour. Having finalised the 19 teams that will take part in next season's ProTour on Tuesday, the UCI is now been able to confirm the dates of the 27 races that will comprise the new elite level circuit. Subject to final confirmation, these dates are: March 6-13 Paris-Nice 9-15 Tirreno-Adriatico 19 Milan-San Remo April 3 Tour of Flanders 4-8 Tour of the Basque Country 6 Ghent-Wevelgem 10 Paris-Roubaix 17 Amstel Gold Race 20 Flche Wallonne 24 Lige-Bastogne-Lige 26-1 May Tour of Romandy May 7-29 Giro d'Italia 16-22 Tour of Catalonia June 5-12 Dauphin Libr 11-19 Tour of Switzerland 19 Team Time Trial (Holland) July 2-24 Tour de France 31 HEW Cyclassics Cup August 3-10 Tour of Benelux 13 San Sebastian Classic 15-23 Deutschland Tour 27-18 Sept Vuelta a Espa¤a 28 GP Plouay September 12-18 Tour of Poland October 2 Championship of Zurich 9 Paris-Tours 15 Tour of Lombardy
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