UCI ProTour

The purchase of the Tour of Germany and Vattenfalls Classic by a French company that owns a sizeable stake in ASO could finally bring the guillotine down on the UCI?s ailing ProTour concept.

Paris-based Lagardère Sports confirmed it had made the multi-million euro capture of Upsolut Sports, the company which organises the Tour of Germany and Vattenfalls Classic.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.