Exclusive: 2023 WorldTour could include 20 teams to avoid relegation chaos, legal battles

FOIX FRANCE JULY 19 A general view of the peloton competing during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 16 a 1785km stage from Carcassonne to Foix TDF2022 WorldTour on July 19 2022 in Foix France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
The 2023 WorldTour could be expanded with 20 teams and increased peloton sizes if the UCI's promotion/relegation plan is scrapped (Image credit: Michael SteeleGetty Images)

Cyclingnews understands the UCI is considering a plan to increase the number of WorldTour teams in the 2023 peloton to end the WorldTour relegation chaos that has left teams fighting for ranking points and unsure about their future if they drop out of the WorldTour.

According to several sources, the UCI could significantly change the WorldTour rules and allow 20 teams to compete in the WorldTour races in the next three-year cycle from 2023-2025.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.