CSC and Saunier enter Pro Tour
The UCI has announced that the CSC and Saunier Duval teams have been approved for next season’s Pro
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The UCI has announced that two more teams have been admitted into next season’s top category Pro Tour circuit, namely Bjarne Riis’s CSC outfit and the Saunier Duval team that has recently signed three-time Tour de France podium finisher Joseba Beloki. These two teams will now gain automatic entry to all of the major events on next year’s calendar and will probably be in the market for a few extra riders to fill rosters that will need to accommodate trips to the Giro and Vuelta as well as the Tour de France. The two teams join the 11 previously admitted by the UCI into the Pro Tour, leaving the sport’s governing body five short of the 18 teams needed to implement next season’s Pro Tour proposals. Up to a dozen other teams have expressed their interest in joining the Pro Tour, including Bouygues Tlcom, who will be taking over from Brioches La Boulangre.