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UCI’s Cookson Rejects Proposal for New Global Cycling Series

Cycling’s top official said he opposes the so-called World Series Cycling project that was aiming to generate more revenue by holding races in Asia, South America and the U.S., and he’ll look for other ways to support professional teams financially.

Brian Cookson, who ousted Pat McQuaid as head of the Union Cycliste Internationale in a Sept. 27 vote, said in an interview that “imposing a new league isn’t the right way forward” for a sport that has more than a century of tradition in its European heartland.