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by Mark Zalewski
July 29, 2016
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The AIGCP (Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels) issued a statement Thursday in reaction to the reforms the UCI and the Professional Cycling Council (PCC) discussed on June 23, specifically that any new WorldTour events must have a minimum of 10 WorldTour teams participating. The AIGCP said that it did not agree to such a proposal when it was discussed as part of a Professional Cycling Council (PCC) meeting on WorldTour reforms.
“AIGCP wishes to state publicly that it cannot endorse the June 23rd UCI press release on the June 22nd decisions adopted by the Professional Cycling Council concerning the 2017 Reform of professional road cycling to the extent that the latter misrepresents one key element of said PCC decisions,” read the statement.
The AIGCP prefers that new events added to the UCI WorldTour be responsible for making the effort to attract WorldTour teams to their events, rather than it being compulsory.
“… it was confirmed, as was approved by the Management Committee and the PCC in 2015, that newly-promoted WorldTour events bear the full responsibility for securing participation of at least 10 WorldTeams with no coercive mechanisms.”
There are currently 18 WorldTour teams, with a reduction to 17 for 2017 and 16 for 2018 under current reforms. The 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar has yet to be officially published.
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