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The latest chapter in the interminable saga of the conflict between the UCI and the major stage race organisers has seen Tour de France boss Patrice Clerc once more reject automatic acceptance of the 18 ProTour teams in his race.

?Having a ProTour licences is no guarantee of participation in our races.? Clerc, head of Tour organising company ASO, told the French newspaper L?Equipe on Sunday.

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