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Tour de France may be left off ICU calendar

By Staff Reporter

Tour de France organisers ASO - Amaury Sport Organisation - have threatened to pull their races from the International Cycling Union calendar because of a lack of progress in the UCI's reform programme.

A source close to the UCI management committee said that ASO sent a letter to the UCI saying they would withdraw from the 2016 calendar if the reform does not go forward, with their main concern centred on ensuring major race dates do not clash.

There is no immediate risk of the Tour and ASO's other major races not taking place but they could do so outside the umbrella of cycling's governing body, leading to a potentially damaging split.

ASO own the Tour de France but also the top tier classics Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege as well as the one-week Paris-Nice and the Criterium du Dauphine.

ASO were not immediately available for comment.

There is no immediate risk of the Tour and ASO's other major races not taking place but they could do so outside the umbrella of cycling's governing body, leading to a potentially damaging split.

A split would mean that ASO would be free to make their own team selection for their races. This year, teams from the UCI World Tour get automatic spots for the Tour and other prestigious races.

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