UCI’s ProTour series dealt severe blow

Posted: July 15, 2008 in cycling, Road, tour de france
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This news just in:

BBC Sport: Cycling teams quit ProTour series

The International Cycling Union’s (UCI) control of the sport has been dealt a blow as all 17 teams decided to leave the elite ProTour series.

The ProTour, which started in 2005, guaranteed the top teams a place in the leading races.

“It has been decided unanimously not to renew the ProTour licences for the 2009 season,” the teams said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

An interesting move from 17 of the 18 teams in the ProTour series. According to other news sources, the teams will be seeking a “new system of organisation for professional cycling.”

Watch this space as this story develops.

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