Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 28, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.

UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races

by CyclingTips

Late last week race organisers ASO, RCS and Flanders Classics jointly announced that, in 2017, they would be reducing the number of riders in teams for races they control. In the wake of that announcement, the sport’s governing body, the UCI, released a statement of its own, explaining that it wasn’t up to race organisers to make such decisions.

The statement reads, in full:

Following recent statements, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) wishes to clarify the current position regarding team sizes. Whilst a potential reduction in team sizes may reflect a view held by some stakeholders, including some race organisers, any changes to the regulations governing men’s professional road cycling must be agreed by the Professional Cycling Council (PCC), on which the race organisers are fully represented.

This subject was discussed at the last PCC meeting in November 2016, and it was agreed to consider in detail the implications of such reduction over the coming months, with no change for 2017.