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Originally Posted by skinnyone
I thought Selle-Italia Columbia was on track to become a pro tour team... No??
The Pro Tour rules have no provision for replacing a team prior to the original four year commitment, and no promotion/relegation scheme either - that is in part what more reasonable people in the sport have been railing against since the beginning. That includes the three GT organizers. And the UCI has not been known for its transparency either over the years.
Therefore, the idea of being on track to become a pro tour team
can only be pure speculation. However, AG2R have made it known for some time that they want a spot on the Pro Tour. And with at least one team going away, it seems likely that the UCI will have to do something about filling that spot. With whom? Anybody's guess at this point I should think.
All of which begs the question: given that teams signed up for four years according to the rules, and paid a healthy sum to do so (or at least made guarantees), how will the UCI look upon this "breach" of their sanctity?