On Tuesday the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) released a
statement saying that: "Despite the hostile positions taken by the UCI President, Paris-Nice will take place as planned from the 9th to the 16th of March and will be organised according to the technical rules of the French Cycling Federation, in application of the French law."
On Wednesday the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) announced
that seventeen of the eighteen Pro - Tour teams will start at the French stage race. The AIGCP made an appoitment with UCI
president Pat McQuaid for a meeting next week to discuss the ongoing crisis in the sport. According to French newsagency AFP
participating teams have to sign a contract with race organiser ASO which allows ASO "immediately exclude those from
the race who could damage the image of the event or the organiser." The AIGCP will speak about this contrct tomorrow.
Meanwhile ASO decided not to announce this week which teams will be invited at this
years Tour de France. The race organiser wants to wait how things will develope in the coming week. Observers said that ASO
took this decision to put pressure on the teams to stand with ASO in the ongoing power struggle between ASO and UCI.