ProTour rejects Giro's split stage

It seems that the organisers of the Giro will have to rethink the conclusion of the 2006 race after

It seems that the organisers of the Giro will have to rethink the conclusion of the 2006 race after

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The International Cycling Union's ProTour Council has rejected the decision of Giro organisers RCS to run a split stage on the final day of next year's race. RCS announced on Saturday that they were planning an 11km mountain time trial on the Ghisallo in the morning, followed by a 116km stage into the finish in Milan in the afternoon.

The news of the split stage has been widely condemned, with riders complaining that the split stage will change nothing at that point in the race, and that the early starters in the time trial will have to get up soon after dawn breaks in order to be ready for the Ghisallo test. The UCI's rules specifically prevent the organisation of split stages in major races.

"It is a suggestion, not a provocation," Giro race director Angelo Zomegnan said pointedly at the weekend. It now seems that the suggestion will be changed.

The ProTour Council's decision also calls into question the split stage that has traditionally concluded the Tour of the Basque Country. Also part of the ProTour, the Basque race went ahead last year with a split stage and without any questions seemingly being asked about it.

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