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SBD Global/September 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Professional Cycling Council Submits Major Reform Of Pro Cycling To UCI Management

The Professional Cycling Council, which is meeting in Florence, Italy, has agreed to submit stakeholder working group proposals for major reforms of professional cycling to the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) Management Committee. The PCC approved the project, which, among other reforms, proposed creating a First and Second Division, with fewer riders in each team and fewer racing days each year for the riders. The current annual sporting assessment would be replaced by an automatic promotion/relegation mechanism and the season would be ideally scheduled to take place during a more compact period of the year (between February and October). Among the main principals, the races would be selected based on a number of criteria, including that they did not overlap; there would be racing every weekend (in particular on Sundays) and there would be six weeks of continuous competition for the Spring classics (UCI).
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