The unlamented death of UCI ProTour

While the riders use the rest day to take a recovery ride the managers of the seventeen teams present at the Tour together with the three Grand Tour organisers used their day off to kill the ProTour series. Greenjersey welcomes this development. There are two reasons why I was not a fan of the series. Firstly I hated the way top riders would ride the season ending Tour of Lombardy not to win but to preserve their ProTour lead. We have enough of that tosh in the three week tours (step forward Cadel Evans and Denis Menchov) without it ruining the Monuments of the sport. Secondly I could never see the sense in forcing teams such as the old Kelme squad or Euskaltel to ride Paris-Roubaix just so they could pack at the first feed while smaller, better suited, teams were denied a ride.

As my old mum used to say, good riddance to bad rubbish!

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  1. Without the 3 major tours, it was always a bit of a farce. Just never caught on. No tradition either really.

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