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The scuffle over team time trial world championships looks to be over as AIGCP, the pro teams’ association, and the UCI have reached a compromise.
In a written statement Tuesday, the UCI said, “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.”
The conflict has sprung out of the expanded WorldTour calendar. On August 2, the UCI announced 10 additional events for 2017. WorldTour teams do not want to be compelled to participate in all events on the 37-race calendar, which spans three continents.
For awhile, it seemed that none of the WorldTour teams would race in Doha on October 9, but thanks to this week’s compromise, 10 squads have confirmed participation: Ag2r La Mondiale, Astana, BMC Racing, Etixx – Quick-Step, Movistar, Orica-BikeExchange, Giant – Alpecin, Katusha, LottoNL – Jumbo, and Team Sky.