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With little more than three weeks to go before the start of the Giro d'Italia, the 20 ProTour teams have issued an ultimatum to the event's organisers saying that they will not take part unless a dispute over indemnity payments is resolved. The teams' stance was backed by the International Cycling Union's ProTour Council during a meeting in Brussels on Monday.
The teams want certain indemnity insurance payments to be made in order to assure their participation in the Giro, which starts on May 7. If these are not made, the obligation for all ProTour teams to take part in all events on the ProTour calendar will be lifted for this one race by the UCI.
Tour de France organisers ASO have already reached a deal on the indemnity issue with the teams covering the next four editions of the race. Tour of Spain organisers Unipublic are reported to be in the same position as the Giro, but still have four months to sort the problem out before their late August start.