Well that's the end of this pointless excuse of an event, pointless to hold it without the teams.This week, the Association International des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels (AIGCP) – the teams’ association – ratified the motion to skip the trade-team event after an “overwhelming majority” of WorldTour teams voted in favour.
WorldTour teams are required to participate in each event on the WorldTour calendar, but are also obliged to compete in the TTT at the World Championships, the only road events run by the UCI, entirely at their own expense. The AIGCP, which claims its demands to the UCI have so far fallen deaf ears, feels the terms of participation are “abusive” and said that unless the terms are revised, the race will take place without the sport's top-level teams and riders. The vote took place during the AIGCP General Assembly on July 1, with the intention that action would be taken should a solution not come by early August. It is understood that the attending Pro Continental teams also supported the motion.