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by Shane Stokes

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UCI cuts team sizes for Grand Tours and other races

by Shane Stokes

Froome– flanked by his loyal squad. No one could match the teamwork of Team Sky during the 2017 Tour.

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The UCI has formalised the reduction of team sizes for all of its events, with the avoidance of crashes being listed as the main motivation. However the measure will potentially make races more difficult to control and thus promote more unpredictable racing.

“To improve the safety of the riders, spectators and the race convoy, the UCI Management Committee decided to limit the peloton size to a maximum of 176 riders in all events on the UCI International Road Calendar,” it said in an announcement on Tuesday.

“Therefore, a maximum of seven riders will now be allowed per team in all men’s road races (except Grand Tours, eight). In the UCI Women’s WorldTour, there will be a maximum of six riders per team in one-day races, seven in stage-races.”

Various other rule changes were approved by the UCI’s management committee, particularly in relation to mountain bike, BMC racing and indoor cycling. These included significant increases in the overall prize monies for UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (+67% – from €6,000 to €10,000) and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (+64% – from €3,950 to €6,500).

More details of the rule changes can be found here on the UCI’s website.

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