Cycling: UCI asks teams to boycott Paris-Nice

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 22, 2007 (AFP) - The heat is building up in the row between cycling's governing body and organisers of the major tours and races with the International Cycling Union (UCI) asking teams to boycott this year's Paris-Nice event.

PARIS, Feb 22, 2007 (AFP) - The heat is building up in the row between cycling's governing body and organisers of the major tours and races with the International Cycling Union (UCI) asking teams to boycott this year's Paris-Nice event.

Several teams have claimed that the UCI president Pat McQuaid has sent a letter putting pressure on them to miss the prestigious event due to the UCI's dispute with organisers ASO, who also run the Tour de France.

UCI rules deem that all 19 Pro Tour teams must be invited to Pro Tour events, however ASO refused to send an invitation to Belgian-Swedish team Unibet.com.

"It is clear that in this situation no Pro Tour team can take part in Paris-Nice," wrote the UCI.

However, it seems that they will have their work cut out convincing the teams to follow their advice.

French outfit Cofidis have ruled out boycotting the March 11-18 event.

General manager Eric Boyer explained their reasoning was down to: "our sponsors and above all for our riders, who are there to ride and certainly not to be held hostage over a conflict between the internatinal federation and the organisers."

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