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The UCI presents the 2009 World Calendar - Cycling Wars End
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Date: 1/9/2009
The UCI presents the 2009 World Calendar - Cycling Wars End

The UCI presents the 2009 World Calendar
Professional Cycling enters a new Era of Unity & Peace. Presidents Address. "...cycling has now regained its unity and harmony. There are no winners or losers, but rather a reciprocal respect of the role and importance of all the stakeholders."

  • 16 top teams at all new calendar events
  • Establishes a new points system for World Rankings
  • Rankings limited to teams participating and funding the Biological Passport
  • ProTour continues without conflict with the mew UCI rankings system
  • New world calendar - 24 races including: Three Grand Tours Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. 10 stage races and 11 one-day classics in Europe.
  • The working group will continue through the next year

UCI Press Release: The International Cycling Union presented the regulations that will govern the new 2009 World Calendar in Geneva today. The World Calendar brings together the biggest road cycling events in the world.

The UCI President, Mr Pat McQuaid, said that he was delighted that the new structure had been approved by all the stakeholders in professional road cycling (organisers, teams and riders) and that its launch marked a new start for cycling. The UCI President said that the new structure would allow cycling and everyone involved in the sport to return to a calm, stable environment that would favour the global development of cycling.

Mr McQuaid thanked the management of Editions Philippe Amaury (EPA) for their contribution to establishing the new formula and also expressed his gratitude to the Working Group that drew up the regulations for the 2009 World Calendar. This Working Group brought together representatives of all aspects of professional road cycling. Mr McQuaid also said that he was delighted that all the season’s major events could now coexist harmoniously within the new World Calendar.

The UCI then presented the details of the regulations for the 2009 World Calendar. The World Calendar brings together UCI ProTour races and Monument Events. The World Calendar will have individual, team and national classifications.

Annexe: Regulations for the 2009 World Calendar (World Classification, Professional Continental Teams classification and rules for participation in World Calendar events) and the Address by the UCI President.

UCI 209 World Calendar
Final classification of Events:

  1. Tour de France - Hors Categorie
  2. Giro d’Italia - Vuelta a España - Hors Categorie
  3. Stage Races & Classics
    Tour Down Under
    Tour of Flanders
    Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
    Tour de Romandie
    Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
    Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
    Tour de Suisse
    Tour de Pologne
    Eneco Tour
    Tour of Sochi
    Giro di Lombardia Gent
  4. One Day Classics
    Gent Wevelgem
    Amstel Gold Race
    La Flèche Wallonne
    Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian - San Sebastian
    Vattenfall Cyclassics
    GP Ouest France - Plouay

Address by the UCI President Pat McQuaid

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to Geneva and thank you for coming here to take part in this press conference. Today we will announce very significant innovations for the future of professional road cycling.

Cycling has experienced a very severe conflict over recent years which has caused it considerable harm. But I now have the privilege and pleasure of presenting the details of the structure which will once again bring together all the stakeholders in professional road cycling.

Despite the unfavorable conditions of recent years, cycling as a whole has continued to develop. However, I will not try to claim that the problems encountered, of which you are all aware, have not affected the stability and calm background that our sport needs.

The structure that we will present to you is born of the need, shared by all, to return to a calm, stable environment.

The tensions that affected cycling peaked during the 2008 Tour de France and we found ourselves in a rather sad situation for our sport. Fortunately, these difficulties were the catalyst for us all to realize that it was no longer possible to continue in this way.

I would like to thank the executives of Editions Philippe Amaury (EPA) for their efforts and their time in resolving the conflict into which cycling had plunged.

The UCI took up its responsibility, enshrined by its mission statement, to find a solution. The solution was only possible with the contribution of all the parties concerned. In this respect, the structure that is about to be presented to you represents the successful outcome of a genuinely collective effort.

I would ask you not to place too much credence on talk of problems still to be overcome that you may hear today or in the coming weeks. There are still points of disagreement, that is clear, but these are of a completely different nature to those that were tearing cycling apart just a few months ago.

The structure that my colleagues (Alain Rumpf and Philippe Chevallier) will present to you in detail is the result of the considerations of the Working Group. Some of the Group's members (Jean-François Pescheux, Richard Chassot, Patrick Lefevere and Cédric Vasseur) are with us here today and I would like to sincerely thank them.

The World Calendar that we are presenting today is the synthesis of the needs of all those involved in professional cycling. It takes into account the heritage of our sport as well as legitimate ambitions for the global development of cycling. These two components can from now on coexist harmoniously within the World Calendar (UCI ProTour – Monuments Calendar).

Beyond the designations, structures and regulations, the hard work of the last few months has produced a formula that will allow races to take place within an appropriate framework, allowing the riders and teams to compete in the biggest races in the world and cycling fans to witness the highest quality events.

What is important is that cycling has now regained its unity and harmony. There are no winners or losers, but rather a reciprocal respect of the role and importance of all the stakeholders.

But perhaps a winner does actually exist; the winner is the sport of cycling.

Neither component of the World Calendar will dominate the other. The UCI ProTour is not in competition with the Monuments Calendar. The UCI ProTour is rather a vision that has won over the teams and organizers because they realize that it is good for cycling.

In conclusion, I would like to express a desire. My wish is that cycling retains its unique nature in a calm environment, an environment that encourages growth, under the banner of the International Cycling Union.

I will now pass you over to Mr Philippe Chevallier and Mr Alain Rumpf, who will unveil the details of the 2009 World Calendar.

Additional Comments
Amaury Sports
representative in the working group, Jean-Francois Pescheux was pleased calling the agreement the best solution at the moment, "It was not possible while there was a war between (the UCI) and the organizers," he said. "I think we have found the best solution now."

CPA president Cedric Vasseur
Commented that the new rankings would help to build the star quality to the best riders in the sport and must be supported by prize money by 2010.  "If we want cycling to come back we have to have the big stars again, we need everybody waiting for the rankings every Monday."

UCI President Pat McQuaid
"The world calendar has come just at the right time. People are looking at cycling as a sport which is much more solid and stable.We have got a lot to offer in marketing and advertising."
McQuaid also said the first cases using information gathered in the passport scheme would be opened against riders "in the coming days and weeks. There will not be many... We would hope that with the improvements coming with the biological passport that doping is something the fans will be reading a lot less about."

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