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UCI opens door for Russians, Belarusians to compete at Worlds as neutrals

Aleksandr Vlasov hanging on to Tour de France GC hopes

The UCI announced on Friday it would consider reversing a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes competing in World Cups, European Championships and World Championships in various disciplines provided the riders compete as neutral athletes and without wearing any national team symbols.

The bans were put in place last March after Russia invaded Ukraine with support from Belarus. The rules, criticized as being unevenly applied, barred the registration of Russia and Belarus-registered teams, leading to the collapse of the ProTeam Gazprom-RusVelo. Twelve of the team’s members were from countries other than Russia or Belarus. All but two riders – Marco Canola and Kévin Rivera – found teams, but only one Russia, Artym Nych has signed this season with a team for 2023, the Portuguese team Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor.

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