UCI dismisses threats of Team Time Trial World Champs boycott

The UCI are concerned by suggestions that WorldTour teams will boycott the Team Time Trial World Championships but do not believe abstention will come to fruition

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have no plans to cover participation allowances in October's Team Time Trial World Championships, a decision that has forced WorldTour teams to warn that they will skip the race in protest.

The Association International des Groupes Cyclistes Professionals (AIGCP) announced on Wednesday that an "overwhelming majority" of its WorldTour members had voted to boycott the race in Doha, Qatar because teams are not provided a participation allowance to cover costs of racing, a bursary awarded in every other top-tier race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.