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by Matt de Neef
February 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Wout van Aert stuns to win his third-straight CX world title; Sanne Cant takes back-to-back CX world titles; Esteban Chaves wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Sam Crome claims the final stage; Alejandro Valverde wins the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sergio Henao takes his second-straight Colombian road title; Tony Gallopin wins Etoile de Besseges with final-stage victory; UCI announces use of video commissaires in biggest road races; Giro organisers want guarantee Froome’s results will be valid; Vincenzo Nibali set for new challenge at the Tour of Flanders; Hong Kong businessman Adam Kwok invests in Mitchelton-BikeExchange; Esteban’s Extras; Live-stream slip-up.
The UCI has announced the use of video commissaires for this season’s three Grand Tours, five Monuments and Road World Championships.
According to the UCI “the role of this extra commissaire will be to follow the race live via the different TV images available, thus supporting the members of the commissaires’ panel who are out on the course.”
The announcement comes in the wake of Peter Sagan’s controversial expulsion from the 2017 Tour de France after the commissaires deemed that he’d caused the crash that ended Mark Cavendish’s race.
The UCI has also confirmed that it will implement the time gap rule that it trialled at last year’s Tour de Suisse and Tour de France. Under the rule, the time gap necessary for a split in the field goes from one second to three seconds.
“This revision is in response to the increased levels of stress and danger brought about by bunch sprints, whilst still protecting the sporting integrity of the sprint and the stage,” the UCI explained. “The decision on whether to activate this protocol will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the race organiser and the President of the Commissaires’ Panel, after studying the profile of the stage, as well as the level of the teams and the number of riders involved.”
Follow the link to read more at the UCI website.