Cycling Australia statement relating to dispute between UCI and ASO

Cycling Australia statement relating to dispute between UCI and ASO In response to the critical situation that has developed due to the conflict between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the Board of Cycling Australia today expressed support for the resolution adopted by the European Cycling Union (UEC) Congress last weekend, namely

  1. That a review of the ProTour be undertaken and recommendations be brought to the September 2008 UCI Congress; and
  2. That the French Cycling Federation (FFC) does not authorise the Paris-Nice, or any other major international race, outside the regulations of the UCI

“While we remain a supporter of the ProTour as the ‘elite league’ of international cycling competition, it is evident it needs to be reviewed to considers the interests of all the key stakeholders,” said Cycling Australia CEO Graham Fredericks.

“It is crucial for the sport to remain under the control and direction of the UCI – the governing body elected to represent all constituents,” Fredericks added. “This includes ensuring the sport is conducted under the regulations prescribed by the UCI.

“It’s a great shame the dispute has escalated to such a serious position and it is now apparent an independent and reputable mediator may be required to expedite a resolution,” said Fredericks.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that our role is to look after the best interests of our members,” said Mr Fredericks. “We urge all parties to act responsibly and with a spirit of goodwill to safeguard the future for cyclists and cycling.

“Cycling Australia also recognises an obligation to advise Australian riders to take heed of the UCI directives with regard to participation in the Paris-Nice and other events not sanctioned by the governing body.

“The UCI has indicated it will uphold its responsibilities and apply the regulations,” said Fredericks. ”This could have a significant impact on the riders.”

For further information (media only) please contact:

Gennie Sheer, Sheer Rhetoric , Communications Director, Cycling Australia
Tel: +61 (0) 418 863 533
Email: gennie.sheer@cycling.org.au
Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au

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