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UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017

Contradicting the fait accompli announcement made by the Grand Tour organisers plus Flanders Classics on November 25, the UCI has told professional squads and other stakeholders that team sizes will not be reduced for 2017 events. Last month Tour de France and Vuelta a España organiser ASO, Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport and Flanders Classics …

Video: gymnastics meets fixed-gear bicycles at the UCI indoor cycling world championships

The UCI indoor cycling world championships wrapped up in Stuttgart, Germany this weekend where cycling’s niche disciplines of artistic cycling and cycle-ball were on display. Most popular in Germany, where there are an impressive 10,000 licence holders, artistic cycling is a form of competitive cycling in which athletes perform routines set to music on fixed …

Video: The best moments of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour

This year we saw the introduction of a women’s WorldTour. Replacing the former UCI Women Road World Cup, which was held from 1998 to 2015, the UCI Women’s WorldTour now serves as the leading series of races for professional women cyclists. And the racing sure did not disappoint. We already recapped the inaugural series in numbers, …

Women’s race distance maximums increase in 2017 to accommodate ‘increased level of competitiveness’

The UCI’s Professional Cycling Council (PCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to discuss the rules and regulations for the 2017 season. The full and final rules and regulations are yet to be published, but the amendments that were made at the last UCI Management Committee’s meeting are available through the UCI. For the women’s …

UCI expands women’s WorldTour with four new races

The UCI announced this weekend that four new races have been added to the UCI Women’s WorldTour, expanding the calendar by 30 percent. This year saw the inaugural season for the UCI Women’s WorldTour, which replaced the UCI Women Road World Cup, and featured 17 events across nine countries in Europe, North America and Asia. …

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UCI confirms restart of disc brake trial for 2017 season

Buried at the end of a UCI communique issued Thursday was confirmation that disc brakes will make a return to the professional peloton beginning in 2017, but with a caveat. All rotors must feature fully smoothed and chamfered edges so as to reduce the perceived risk of danger to the riders — something CyclingTips called for in …

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UCI rejects claims it obstructed motor testing at 2016 Tour de France

Responding to claims by the inventor of the hidden motor that it had not complied with French police requests at this year’s Tour de France, the UCI has denied that it obstructed any moves to detect technological fraud. “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) condemns the accusations being made in some news reports concerning the UCI’s …

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UCI frustrations continue as WADA denies request to ban Tramadol

Despite lobbying by the UCI to the World Anti Doping Agency over the legal status of Tramadol in sport, WADA has confirmed that the powerful painkiller will not be banned for 2017. Tramadol has been used by some riders for many years, reportedly showing up in anti-doping tests. Riders such as Taylor Phinney have warned …

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Commentary: To prevent crashes, UCI should record GC times at 3km to go on sprint stages

Rider safety is a recurring issue that has been put under scrutiny a number of times in recent seasons, and it resurfaced once again during the Vuelta a España. Rather than issues of race vehicle accidents or unsuitable weather conditions, this time the spotlight was on late-race incidents involving GC contenders Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Alberto …

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A call out for women to join a sports board and change the world

‘It is way easier to throw rocks at the tent’. It’s an expression I have come to use frequently, although the proper saying may use a house instead of a tent, but regardless, my take on it is: ‘it is easier to criticise than to actually try to build something.’ With social media in our …

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