VeloNewsare reporting that an accord has been reached between ASO and the UCI.
Pat McQuaid, the head of cyclingâ€™s world governing body, said Monday a long-running feud that has "split the cycling family" is nearing its end, as he announced the creation of a new international calendar.
UCI president McQuaid has been fighting resistance from major race organizers, including the Tour de France, in recent years following disagreements over the ProTour calendar of races.
Leading the fight against the UCI's ambitious vision for an elite series has been the powerful Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), the company which owns the Tour de France among other major sports events.
McQuaid said that thanks to the mediation efforts of former Olympic skier and International Olympic Committee representative Jean-Claude Killy, the UCI has taken a major step towards making its peace with ASO.
But the Irishman â€” who was snubbed by ASO by not being invited to the Tour de France in July â€” admitted he had to go one level above ASOâ€™s management, to the company's owners, in a bid to break the deadlock.
"After discussions in recent weeks with the Amaury Group, and thanks to the intervention of the IOC and a mediator in the shape of Jean-Claude Killy, we are announcing a new initiative for professional cycling for the coming years," said McQuaid. ... [more in the full story]