By Agence France Presse
In a letter to UCI president Hein Verbruggen, the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) has complained about being excluded from discussions on the structure of the 2005 ProTour.
A working group of nine members – including representatives of the UCI’s Council of Professional Cycling (CPC), the International Association of Cycle Race Organizers (AIOCC) and the International Association of Professional Cycling Groups (AIGCP) – is to be set up to resolve the problems remaining with the ProTour, particularly the dispute between the UCI and the organizers of the three grand tours – the Tour of France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
In his letter to Verbruggen, CPA chairman Francesco Moser said the riders association did not understand why it was not included in this group, adding that the CPA has been “one of the firm defenders” of the UCI’s plans to reform professional cycling. He asked that the UCI reconsider the composition of the working group to include the CPA with a voice equal to those of the other organizations.
Contacted by AFP, a UCI spokesman said the governing body considered such a step “logical” and that it had forwarded Moser’s proposal to the race organizers’ representatives.