Tour de France organiser ASO has threatened to withdraw its races from the UCI calendar in 2016 if it doesn’t see sufficient progress in the reform programme of the world governing body.
According to Reuters, ASO sent a letter to the UCI management committee stating that it would withdraw its selection of races if its concerns about reform were not addressed, with the biggest dispute coming over the clash of major race dates.
The Professional Cycling Council (PCC) voted for a calendar reform earlier this week but the management committee of the UCI failed to validate the agreement, which is reportedly ASO’s chief concern.
The French company host a number of cycling’s major road races, including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Nice as well as the Tour. ASO also held its first British race in 2015, with the three-day Tour de Yorkshire taking place in May.
While the races could cease to be held under the jurisdiction of the UCI, reports suggest that there is no imminent chance of the races not running at all next year.
A potential split could be damaging for the UCI, with ASO able to choose it’s own teams for it’s races and the UCI’s WorldTour and points system having no influence over selection.
The contenders for the 2015 Tour de France