Teams meet to discuss ProTour

The ProTour teams have called on the major tours and the UCI to meet again and attempt to resolve th

The ProTour teams have called on the major tours and the UCI to meet again and attempt to resolve th

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The management and sponsors behind the 20 ProTour teams have called on the International Cycling Union and the organisers of the three major tours to meet each other in the coming days to discuss the continuing split over the season-long ProTour series.

As well as the two feuding sides, the objective is to involve the ProTour team licence-holders and sponsors in discussions over the ProTour. There has been no face-to-face contact between the UCI and the major tours since October, with subsequent dealings done via press release.

The teams want both sides to agree to back the ProTour until the end of the 2008 season, when a revised system could be introduced if agreed by all sides.

This dispute now threatens to bring the whole top level of the sport into disrepute. The major tours have announced their own competition to rival the ProTour, while the UCI has been threatening to run the ProTour without the races organised by the three major tours, which also include most of the key Classics as well as the Tour de France. This effectively leaves teams and sponsors managing multi-million euro budgets not knowing what races they will be able to take part in this year.

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