WorldTour teams set to boycott Worlds team time trial

The 18 WorldTour teams have decided to boycott the Team Time Trial World Championships in Qatar.

In a surprise statement issued on Wednesday by the teams organization AIGCP, the 18 elite teams have announced to skip the most prestigious team time trial of the year.

“AIGCP informs that an overwhelming majority of its WorldTour members voted to skip the 2016 Team-Time-Trial World Championships in light of UCI’s unwillingness to offer fair and consistent terms of participation. This position was adopted at the July 1st AIGCP General Assembly and was ratified earlier this week after UCI failed again to address the demands of WorldTeams which are compelled under UCI regulations to participate in UCI’s TTT World Championships at their expense,” the statement reads.

It further explains their stance:

“This situation is highly irregular in the context of professional road cycling,

•insofar as the WorldTour licence should only compel the teams that are granted one to take part in the events which are granted a WorldTour licence by an independent Licence Commission;

•and even when required to take part in a WorldTour event, WorldTeams are always granted a participation allowance to cover some of their costs;

•insofar as it evidences the fact that the governing body has passed exceptional legislation which solely favors the one road competition it owns and commercially exploits.

“The abovementioned terms of participation which exist nowhere else in the sport are undeniably abusive and reveal the abuse of power which UCI incurs in when it enforces them solely for the one road competition it operates. All WorldTeams are expected to skip the TTT World Championships until these abusive practices are abolished.”