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All 20 teams will take part in Paris-Nice race despite UCI's boycott request

All 20 teams will take part in Paris-Nice race despite UCI's boycott request

All 20 teams will compete at next month's Paris-Nice cycling race despite a UCI request to boycott it.
The Amaury Sports Organization, which organizes the race and also owns the Tour de France, said Thursday that it had received assurances from International Association of Professional Cyclists president Eric Boyer that they will line up for the season's first major stage-race on March 9.
"ASO is very pleased with the AIGP's decision that the teams will be at the start of the Paris-Nice," said Christian Prudhomme, who works for ASO and is the director of the Tour de France.
ASO spokesman Christophe Marchadier said registration forms have been sent out to all teams.
Team CSC, Credit Agricole, Cofidis, Rabobank and Quickstep are among those scheduled to compete, while Slipstream and High Road will race for the first time.
The Paris-Nice race will be run under its own rules despite opposition from the International Cycling Union, which wants teams to boycott the event because it is not being held under its rules.
"All the managers and all the teams want to race," Credit Agricole team manager Roger Legeay said. "We have never missed an event. First and foremost, cycling is our job."
On Monday, UCI president Pat McQuaid sent a letter to the teams explaining why it will not oversee the 75-year-old race and urged a common boycott, but teams seem to want no part of the ongoing feud between ASO and UCI.
"Everyone's had enough," Legeay said. "It's a conflict that has been going on four years. A solution has to be found."


Updated : 2021-06-14 11:52 GMT+08:00