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by Mark Zalewski
September 14, 2016
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The very real risk that the UCI world time trial championships would not take place this year has been averted, with an eleventh hour agreement being reached. This will enable a scaled-down version to go ahead next month. According to a statement released by the UCI on Tuesday, discussions have led to a compromise solution which has saved the event.
At this point in time ten WorldTour teams have confirmed their participation. These are AG2R La Mondiale, Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing Team, Etixx – Quick Step, Movistar, Orica-BikeExchange, Giant – Alpecin, Katusha, LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Sky. While this means eight WorldTour squads will miss out, the UCI release states that more teams could possibly confirm their participation in the coming days.
A total of 27 teams raced last year, with several non-WorldTour teams also taking part. At this point in time it is unclear if any of the Pro Continental teams who are entitled to take part will decide not to travel. It is also unclear if the women’s TTT event will be affected.
Controversy over the championships had built up steadily for over a year, with teams and the UCI disagreeing on several points. These included compulsory participation and the lack of an appearance fee.
Under the new agreement, this compulsory participation has been waived. Teams will also be paid an amount which will go towards the costs, although CyclingTips understands that this will not cover the full expenses that teams will incur in transporting athletes, staff and equipment to Doha.
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