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UCI reduces team sizes in top races including Tour de France

Maximum number of riders permitted in Grand Tours down to eight from nine due to safety concerns

World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has reduced the number of riders that will be allowed to take part in men’s road races, including the Tour de France, citing safety reasons.

Currently, a maximum of nine riders per team are allowed to participate in the three Grand Tours, but the UCI management committee has agreed to reduce that to eight, giving a maximum of 176 riders in those races instead of the current 198.

For all other men’s races, teams will be permitted to field at most seven riders, while in the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the maximum size of each team will be six in one-day races and seven in stage races.

The governing body also awarded a number of world championships, as follows:  

• 2018 UCI Four-cross World Championships: Val di Sole (Italy)

• 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

• 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships: Pruszkow (Poland)

• 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

• 2019 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: Basel (Switzerland)

• 2019 and 2020 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships: Manchester (Great Britain)

• 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships: Vancouver/Whistler (Canada)

• 2020 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships: Dübendorf (Switzerland)

“Hosting our annual World Championships always arouses great interest, among both seasoned organisers and new ones from regions or cities that will host one of our highest-profile competitions for the first time,” commented UCI president Brian Cookson.

“This demonstrates both the strong historical roots of our World Championships and the development of our disciplines into new areas,” added Cookson, who tomorrow seeks a second four-year term in office as the UCI World Congress meets.

The Briton is facing a challenge to his leadership from France’s David Lappartient.

The UCI Road World Championships continue in Bergen, Norway today with the elite men’s time trial.


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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