Union Cycliste Internationale

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Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is a professional cycling union that oversees cycling events in the international community. The UCI is headquartered in Aigle, Switzerland. The English translation is the International Cycling Union (ICU) but the UCI acronym is the one used most extensively, perhaps due to another meaning of ICU.

The UCI issues racing licenses to riders and enforces disciplinary rules, such as in matters of doping. The UCI also manages the classification of races and the points ranking system in various cycling disciplines including mountain biking, road and track cycling, for both men and women, amateur and professional. It also oversees the World Championships — in which different countries compete instead of trade teams — in various disciplines and in different categories. The winners of these races have the right to wear a special rainbow jersey for the following year, and have the right to wear an armband in the same rainbow pattern for the remainder of their careers.

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History

The UCI was founded April 14, 1900 in Paris by the national cycling organisations of Belgium, the United States, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Presidents

  • Emile de Beukelaer, Belgium, 1900-1922
  • Léon Breton, France, 1922-1936
  • Max Burgi, Switzerland, 1936-1939
  • Alban Collignon, Belgium, 1939-1947
  • Achille Joinard, France, 1947-1958
  • Adriano Rodoni, Italy, 1958-1981
  • Luis Puig Spain, 1981-1990
  • Hein Verbruggen, Netherlands, since 1991 (term ends in 2006)

UCI World Cup and ProTour

From 1988 until 2004, the UCI administered the UCI World Cup, a season-long competition incorporating all the major one-day professional road races. In 2005 this was replaced by the UCI ProTour series which includes the Grand Tour road cycling stage races (the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España) and a wider range of other one-day and stage races.

The 2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship is in Livigno, Italy, August 28 through September 4.

External link

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