ajor tours stick together against UCI, Petrov prevented from starting after blood test, farmers for
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Representatives of the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espa¤a met in Paris yesterday to discuss their ongoing dispute with the International Cycling Union (UCI) over some aspects of the ProTour, cycling’s elite level competition that was introduced this season. A joint communiqu issued following the meeting said that the three major tours had “reaffirmed their alliance against the UCI’s tricks and their desire to continue with and develop their close cooperation”. The release also insisted that the three organisations would strongly resist any attempts to divide them. As yet, no agreement has been reached between the UCI and the three organisations regarding the make-up of next season’s ProTour.
– Lampre-Caffita’s Evgeni Petrov was prevented from starting today’s stage in Grenoble after he underwent a random blood test this morning. The Russian is now required to take an enforced 15-day rest from racing and will undergo doping controls.
– The start of the stage to Courchevel was moved from its planned location on Grenoble’s Boulevard Clemenceau to the small town of Brignoud on the city’s outskirts to avoid a demonstration by local farmers protesting about their livestock being killed by wolves in the surrounding mountains. The change means that the stage will be 12km shorter than planned, although no key elements of the stage have been affected.