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UCI revise regulations, giving Dimension Data a WorldTour place

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters
Josh Cunningham
9 Nov 2016

WorldTour regulations revised after Professional Cycling Council meet in Switzerland.

The UCI today announced that planned reforms to the WorldTour, which were due to take form from 2017, have been revised. 

The reforms meant that there would be a maximum of 17 teams able to compete in the WorldTour in 2017 - a number which would be reduced to 16 in due course - but in light of the fact that there are 18 teams vying for a slot on the WorldTour, the UCI has reneged on its initial reform pledges. 

'Since the commencement of the UCI WorldTeam registration process for 2017, it has become clear that there are 18 candidates for UCI WorldTeam licences,' read a UCI press release. 'With this in mind, the PCC (Professional Cycling Council) has decided that for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, a maximum of 18 UCI WorldTeam licences may be issued. In the medium term, the ambition is to strengthen the competitiveness of elite level and therefore to set the maximum number of UCI WorldTeams to 17 in 2019 and 16 from 2020 onwards, with a working group tasked to study this and a number of other topics.'

Specifically, the backtrack means that Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data team, who before the revisions stood to miss out, will once again be a member of the UCI World Tour in 2017. 

Also on the agenda was the new-look WorldTour calendar, on which there is 10 new events and a total number of 37. 'The PCC debated further participation rules for events newly entering the 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar,' read the statement on the matter, 'and agreed that those events should invite all UCI WorldTeams, but participation would be voluntary.'

The UCI WorldTour Ranking and WorldTour Nations Ranking points scales have also been abolished, leaving room for just the World Ranking points system, in a bid to make rankings across the board less complex. 

'We are pleased that a new set of UCI WorldTour regulations have been agreed,' said UCI President Brian Cookson. 'We welcome the robust changes which bring about clearer guidelines in relation to team licensing and provide greater financial stability for UCI WorldTeams, as well as expanding the series globally in a sustainable manner.'

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