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by Mark Zalewski
March 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins second Langkawi stage sprint; Hurel wins La Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage 2; Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and no; Professional Cyclists Association sends legal warning to UCI over disc brakes; Pauline Ferrand-Prévot to race on the road, starting at Strade Bianche; Debate over proposal to reduce Grand Tour team sizes ongoing; Boonen alters race plan due to illness, crashes; Iranian Team Pishgaman suspended for multiple doping positives; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ announced; Lotto-Soudal to be Lotto-Fix ALL for Paris-Nice; Tour de Langkawi, stage 6 highlights; Video: UCI Track World Cup Los Angeles highlights; Video: Paris-Nice teaser; Peter Sagan downs gummy bears post-race.
Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme said there is still debate about the proposal to reduce the number of riders in the Grand Tours from nine to eight riders on each team.
“The discussions are still ongoing, but I hope that in future we can reduce the number of riders,” Prudhomme told Sporza.
The reduction proposal is an effort to make the races safer with a smaller peloton, particularly in the early Grand Tour stages when there are many field sprint finishes.
Major race organizers like the ASO, RCS with the Giro d’Italia and Flanders Classics are in favour of the proposal. However, teams are largely in opposition, as having fewer riders will make abandons due injury or illness much more of a negative impact.
The proposal would need support from teams as well as approval from the UCI.
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