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by Mark Zalewski
February 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey is set to make its debut on the UCI WorldTour in April, but concerns over terrorism and a lack of team participation have the organisers asking the UCI to allow a postponement to the fall. However, the UCI has responded saying there are no open dates to allow the move, putting the event in jeopardy.
“We can not do the race on April 18-23, 2017, but want to move it to October or November,” the Turkish federation told Turkey’s Dogan News Agency.
Organisers had hoped the upgrade to the WorldTour would result in an increase in participation, particularly from WorldTour teams, of which only two participated in 2016. However the opposite is happening with teams either unwilling to take the risk or the result of too many races competing for a finite amount of teams.
As a new edition to the WorldTour the race faces the combined problem of WorldTour teams not required to participate, as is the case with existing WorldTour events, combined with the recently announced requirement that these new events must have at least 10 WorldTour teams participate.
Failure to secure the minimum participation could result in removal from the WorldTour calendar the following year.
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