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Lappartient: Relegation is not nice, but that’s sport, you must accept the results

Lappartient: Relegation is not nice, but that's sport, you must accept the results


UCI President David Lappartient has defended the controversial WorldTour relegation system in professional cycling, warning teams they “must accept the results” and declaring himself “confident” the sport’s governing body can stand up to potential legal challenges. 

The system, in which the WorldTour is limited to 18 teams and based on a three-year ranking, has come under fire in recent weeks and months as several teams fight to avoid being relegated to the second ProTeam division and potentially losing access to the Tour de France and other major races. 

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