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by Mark Zalewski
June 24, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Civil war averted: UCI, ASO reach agreement over WorldTour reforms; Trans Am: Lael Wilcox wins, smashes women’s record; Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’; Glaetzer bests Perkins in match sprint at International Track Series; Lotto-Soudal aims for Tour wins with Greipel; Giant-Alpecin announced Tour roster; Wout van Aert extends with Crelan-Vastgoedservice; No Norwegian WorldTour team for 2017; BMC extends with Quinziato, Wyss; Official Tour de France teaser video; Michael Barry on building bikes with his father
The possibility of a major, and potentially devastating, rift in the sport appears to have been averted after the UCI and ASO have confirmed an agreement over WorldTour reforms. These and other stakeholders met on Wednesday as part of the Professional Cycling Council and eked out an agreement on the next steps in that reform, as well as approving the 2017 WorldTour calendar.
Thanks to that accord, ASO’s races will appear in the calendar next season. This ends a threat by the Tour de France organiser that it would wrest its events from the UCI’s top series, a move that would have signified a serious threat to the stability of the sport.
ASO had previously been dissatisfied with the UCI’s proposals, thus returning to the tensions seen when the ProTour/WorldTour was introduced in the mid 2000s.
“This marks another important step in the reform of men’s professional cycling,” said UCI President Brian Cookson in an announcement about the agreement.
“I am very pleased that we now have our stakeholders behind what represents the future of our sport. I am delighted that we can build on the heritage and prestige of the UCI WorldTour, while also welcoming newer but already successful events taking place in and outside Europe.”
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Today’s feature image comes from the 69th Halle-Ingooigem in Belgium.