UCI rejects Grand Tours Trophy

It comes as very little surprise to hear that the UCI has rejected a proposal by the organisers of t

It comes as very little surprise to hear that the UCI has rejected a proposal by the organisers of t

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The International Cycling Union announced on Thursday that it had rejected the proposal made by the three major tours for the establishment of the Trophy of the Three Grand Tours, a competition effectively designed as a rival to the UCI's ProTour.

In a statement on its website, the UCI said that the "ProTour Council (UPTC) has attentively examined the proposal from ASO, RCS and Unipublic aiming to create a Trophe des Trois Grands Tours. The UPTC has noted that this project does not respect the principles of the road cycling reform as introduced by the UCI. In particular, this project lies on a financial approach which is counter-productive, and which would harm the visibility of the cycling calendar, demonstrating moreover, a lack of responsibility towards cycling as a whole. On the basis of these elements, the UPTC has therefore unanimously decided not to support this project."

The statement also included a shot across the bows of the organisers of the three major tours, reminding them of their obligations to this season's ProTour. The statement added: "The UCI would like to remind that within the frame of the 2006 UCI ProTour, the position of ASO, RCS and Unipublic will be the same as in 2005: registration of events on the 2006 UCI ProTour calendar; mandatory participation for the 20 UCI ProTeams to all events of the UCI ProTour; attribution of UCI ProTour points in accordance with the point scale as foreseen by the rules."

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