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by Shane Stokes
June 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory in Halle Ingooigem; Dumoulin wins third Dutch national TT title; Skujins returns from California injury with second in Latvian time trial championship; Martin and Kristoff head Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France lineup; Sagan and Majka’s Bora-hansgrohe teammates confirmed for Tour de France; Team Sunweb confirms riders to compete in Tour de France alongside Michael Matthews; Pro panel suggesting course changes for 2018 Australian national road championships; Tour de Pologne reduces team sizes; Cyrus Monk earns Cannondale-Drapac stagiaire position; Dyball secures stagiaire slot with French pro team; Video: A message from David Lappartient, UCI Presidential candidate
Citing safety considerations and also race excitement, the organisers of the Tour de Pologne have announced a reduction in team sizes from eight to seven riders for next month’s race. “We believe that this choice, which was approved by the UCI, can contribute to guaranteeing better safety in the race, a very important aspect that is always in the news headlines,” said the race’s General Director Czeslaw Lang.
“It also plays a significant role in rendering the race even more exciting, especially in certain phases. For example, with one man less on every team, it could become more complicated for the group to control the race and catch up with [breakaways].
“Besides us, the organizers of other World Tour races are moving in this direction. After all, it means a lot to me to remind people that the Tour de Pologne, which has always been attentive to new trends, was already a pioneer in this one when some seasons ago, in 2013, we adhered to a pilot project in association with the UCI that lined up teams of six riders at the start.”
The race will feature 22 teams, specifically the 18 WorldTour squads and four wildcard teams. That means that at the race start in Krakow on July 29, there will be 154 riders in the peloton.
“I have always sustained that it is essential to evaluate everything and try anything that can contribute to the safety of the riders,” he continued. “And that will make our sport more spectacular, obviously within the limits allowed under the rules and regulations and, overall, using good sense.”