World Series Cycling
Eleven WorldTour teams, Sky among them, have come together to create Velon, a commercial joint venture that aims to provide greater stability to professional cycling, reduce reliance on sponsorship, and overhauling the calendar to tell "a season long story." It also aims to build a long-term fan base for teams, who it says will get closer to the action including through telemetryand the use of cameras showing racing from the riders' viewpoint - bringing cycling closer to sports such as Formula 1, which appear to be part of the inspiration.
UCI president Brian Cookson has said that it is only by presenting a united front that the governing body, UCI WorldTour teams, and organisers of the races on the WorldTour calendar will be able to overcome the challenges facing the sport.
Cookson, who succeeded Pat McQuaid in the top job at world cycling’s governing body in September, made his comments at the start of a two-day UCI WorldTour seminar being held in Chantilly, near Paris.
BSkyB reportedly joining forces with World Series Cycling breakaway league as TV partner; meeting today in Paris
British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB) is reportedly planning to make a major move into cycling in partnership with the proposed World Series Cycling ‘breakaway’ league. The satellite broadcaster, which sponsors Team Sky, will apparently outline its plans at a meeting in Paris today to be attended by a number of leading teams.
UCI announces 'Four Pillars of Cycling' for Stakeholder Consultation… fans get a say too through Facebook & Twitter
The UCI has published a document outlining what it calls the 'Four Pillars' of cycling which will form the basis of its recently announced stakeholder consultation. The topics, each of which will also consider the wider issue of the governance of the sport, are Globalisation, Anti-Doping, Riders, and Sports Calendar. Fans will get to have their say too, through Twitter and Facebook, says the UCI, which has also revealed that auditors KPMG have been instructed to carry out an independent review of the organisation's own governance.
The men behind the proposed World Series Cycling breakaway league have confirmed that they are talking with the UCI and potential investor and Omega Pharma-Quick Step owner Zdenek Bakala about a new season-long competition that would comprise ten four-day ‘Grand Prix’ events around the world. Eight teams are signed up to the proposals, but Team Sky is not among them.
RadioShack Nissan is reported to be among eight leading cycling teams planning to launch a ten-race series that would in effect constitute a breakaway league from the UCI WorldTour. According to Bloomberg, the proposed competition, World Series Cycling which is planned for launch in 2014, would not clash with major races including the three Grand Tours or eight other major races including six unspecified one-day classics.