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WorldTeams to compete at World Championship TTT after UCI adjusts format

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters
Josh Cunningham
13 Sep 2016

WorldTour teams had voted to skip the TTT in protest against the UCI's WorldTour reforms, but 10 are now due to ride after UCI adjustments.

Back in August, the AIGCP, or Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels, issued a statement saying that 'an overwhelming majority of its WorldTour members voted to skip the 2016 Team-Time-Trial World Championships in light of UCI’s unwillingness to offer fair and consistent terms of participation.'

The reforms added an extra 10 events to the WorldTour calendar, and meant that the WorldTeams would have 37 races that they would be obliged to race. Regarding the World Time Trial Championships, the AIGCP said: 'The WorldTour licence should only compel the teams that are granted one to take part in [WorldTour events].'

'Even when required to take part in a WorldTour event, WorldTeams are always granted a participation allowance to cover some of their costs. It evidences the fact that the governing body [the UCI] has passed exceptional legislation which solely favors the one road competition it owns and commercially exploits.

It said these actions 'reveal the abuse of power which UCI incurs in when it enforces them solely for the one road competition it operates. All WorldTeams are expected to skip the TTT World Championships until these abusive practices are abolished.'

As of today, it appears the UCI has now relented against the protest: 'Acknowledging teams' concerns raised by the AIGCP, the UCI has opted for a non-compulsory format for UCI WorldTeams. As a result, no UCI WorldTour points will be awarded, bringing the Men's Team Time Trial event in line with the rest of the UCI Road World Championship events.'

AG2R La Mondiale, Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing Team, Etixx – Quick Step, Movistar Team, Orica-Bikeexchange, Team Giant – Alpecin, Team Katusha, Team Lotto NL – Jumbo and Team Sky have now all agreed to ride the Team Time Trial, with more teams expected to confirm their participation in the days to come.

The UCI World Championships are due to start in Doha, Qatar, on the 9th October.