UCI tells Pro Teams: No Paris-Nice

Thursday, February 22, 2007 12.00am
Paris-Nice will take place, but who will ride it? The UCI has told all the ProTour teams that they a
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The International Cycling Union (UCI) has banned all ProTour teams from taking part in Paris-Nice between March 11th and 18th. The pronouncement came after organisers ASO banded together with the French Cycling Federation to ensure that the race will be run under normal cycling rules. But on Wednesday, the UCI sent a letter to all 20 ProTour teams, pointing out that Paris-Nice is now a national event, and therefore they are not allowed to take part in it under ProTour rules. This latest move in the UCI vs. the big organisers battle brings the sport one step closer to a major split. The UCI is on the one side, as the official governing body for cycling, and at the moment it has the support of the teams. But the organisers own most of the major races, and therefore the media interest, which translates into sponsor interest. It remains to be seen whether the teams will choose (or whether they will legally be allowed to) to ride the Tour de France or the Eneco Tour (ProTour). Got a comment? Discuss this in the
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