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Special rim-brake S-Works Roubaix framesets shine light on UCI’s opaque commercialization rules

Specialized outfitted Tom Boonen with a custom S-Works Roubaix for his final appearances at the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, a gleaming pearlescent white-and-gold machine that is wholly befitting the king of the cobbles. Yet Boonen’s bike at Flanders, as well as the bike he and Peter Sagan will use at Roubaix, is also special in two other …

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Route de France cancelled as UCI and organisers clash

Route de France Féminine, France’s most prestigious women’s stage race, today announced it has cancelled the event due to a clash with the international governing body, the UCI. A continuation of the Women’s Tour de France and the Grande Boucle Féminine, Route de France has been a well-respected event for the past decade, drawing top-level …

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Video: Marianne Vos and Alexis Ryan on why they ride

The start of the Women’s WorldTour is looming and in anticipation, the UCI is producing some neat short videos on some of the peloton’s leading women. Exploring the questions of why they race and what draws them to cycling, here are the first two spotlights: “It’s complete chaos and I relish in that chaos because anything can …

Sexism and abuse in women’s cycling: A dozen pros share their experiences, anonymously

As we’ve heard from Genevieve Jeanson and Bridie O’Donnell in our recent articles, there is a dark legacy of abuse and sexism in the sport of cycling. Once a few brave women spoke out, more and more women came forward, making it apparent that this cycle of sexism and abuse continues today and sadly, it’s …

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UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy

Heading towards the one year anniversary of the death of Antoine Demoitiè during the Gent-Wevelgem event, the UCI has tightened up on its safety procedures and instructions for the movement of vehicles in the race convoy. The governing body issued the guidelines on Monday, having collaborated on the revisions with the professional teams association AIGCP, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 features 17 events across nine countries in Europe, North America and Asia. …

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