UCI says dispute with Tour organiser is over

Posted: August 18, 2008 in cycling, tour de france
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Well about damn time too! According to news reports coming in today, the UCI has struck a deal with Tour organisers, ASO, to settle a year long dispute that has led to a string of court cases.

According to a report on the Associated Press:

Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union, said Monday there will be a new ranking system for riders, teams and nations starting in 2011. That system will determine which teams must be invited to compete in the Tour, the world’s most prestigious cycle race.

The Tour de France will become a UCI event again. The UCI’s ProTour competition will continue.

The discussions were held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and were mediated by IOC member Jean-Claude Killy.

The Amaury Group, owner of the Tour de France organizer, was not immediately available to comment.

All in all, good news for the world of cycling.

  1. […] (ASO) decided to call it a truce on their 4-year feud. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, the two organisations needed to sort themselves out for the greater good of the sport. UCI chief, […]

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