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UCI limits WorldTour teams to eight riders in Grand Tours

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters
Martin James
19 Sep 2017

Races to be limited to 176 riders in total from next season, with just seven per team allowed in other races

Cycling’s governing body the UCI has agreed changes to its rules from next season that will see teams limited to a maximum of eight riders in Grand Tours, and seven in other WorldTour races.

Meeting at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway today, the UCI Management Committee agreed to cap the size of the peloton in pro races to a maximum of 176 riders in total, ‘to improve the safety of the riders, spectators and the race convoy’, according to the UCI press release.

In addition to the changes to the men’s pro peloton, on the UCI Women’s WorldTour there will be a maximum of six riders per team in one-day races and seven in stage races.

At present, Grand Tours are contested by 22 teams of nine riders each, adding up to a total of 198 riders.

However, the UCI has been under pressure to review its rules and reduce the size of the peloton as a way of improving rider and spectator safety and reducing the size of the race convoy.

In addition to the headline changes to the road formats of professional cycling, the UCI also announced the addition of a Cross-country Short Track race to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series.

The popular 20-minute format will feature at every round of the Cross-country Olympic World Cup.

The UCI also revealed that it would be releasing full 2018 race calendars later in the week.

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