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Leaked UCI report summarises future of cycling

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The numbers of riders within teams to be implemented by 2015.

The numbers of riders within teams to be implemented by 2015.
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The proposed 2020 calendar.

The proposed 2020 calendar.
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The seperation between first, second and third division.

The seperation between first, second and third division.
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The number of teams and riders to participate at division one and two races.

The number of teams and riders to participate at division one and two races.
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The overlap between different divisions, not too dissimilar to the current system.

The overlap between different divisions, not too dissimilar to the current system.
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An initial outline of the three divisions.

An initial outline of the three divisions.
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What the UCI terms their 'realistic schedule'.

What the UCI terms their 'realistic schedule'.
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Key stakeholders to work with the UCI.

Key stakeholders to work with the UCI.
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The changes to the professional cycling calendar as previously outlined in a UCI technical bulletin have been further clarified after a new document was leaked to cicloweb.it, with one of the biggest points of interest being no American or British races on the 2020 world calendar.

Many of the changes outlined are simply confirmation of what was previously identified, but there are also are a number of new outcomes which shed light on the future of the sport. The general theme of less is more remains with division one and division two teams reduced down to 22 riders from their current maximum of 30. Most interestingly, continental teams are to be reduced to just eight to ten riders, a large reduction from their current maximum of 16.

The reduction in the size of continental teams comes as an interesting counterpoint to the specification that all races in which these teams will participate in will require seven riders. Thus leaving teams little buffer against injury or illness within their roster.

The length of multi-day races has been clarified with all Grand Tours to remain at three weeks in length but all other tours to be reduced to five or six days. A final point of contention is despite the clarification that there is to be no overlap between events, the 2020 calendar still has a clash between the Vuelta and the Grands Prix de Québec and Montréal.

A summary of what's new:

Main stakeholders identified

  • ASO, Tour de France organisers.
  • RCS, Giro d'Italia organisers.
  • Flanders Classics, Ronde van Vlaanderen organisers.
  • Tour de Romandie organisers.
  • The Grand Prix de Québec and Montréal organisers.
  • GCP, the UCI's own private cycling promotions company, responsible for the Tour of Beijing.
  • AIGCP, the professional cycling team peak body.
  • CPA, the rider union.
  • The UCI Athletes commission.

Team Changes

  • Division one, division two and professional continental teams to consist of 22 riders.
  • Continental teams to consist of just eight to ten riders.
  • Nine riders per team at each Grand Tour, seven riders per team at every other race.
  • Previously outlined 120 days of racing for division one teams to be obligatory.
  • Previously outlined 50 days of racing for division two teams to be obligatory.

Miscellaneous points of interest

  • The current system of wildcards for Professional Continental teams to race division one events, such as Grand Tours, to remain.
  • A more transparent system of promotion and relegation divisions to be implemented.
  • The new calendar requires races between February to October with the oddity that The Tour Down Under is listed as a division one event for 2020, but specified as remaining in January.
  • Race organisers face an increased UCI tax in order to be on the calendar, as well as increased start money to teams.
  • No American or British races on the calendar.

The document can be downloaded in full here

 

2017-2020 proposed calendar summary

#Rider Name (Country) Team
Division oneDivision two
FebruaryTour Down Under (January)        Dubai Tour
Tour of Qatar
Tour of Oman
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
MarchParis Nice                                     GP E3 Harelbeke
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milan San Remo
Gent-Wevelgem
AprilTour of Flanders                            Dwars door Vlaanderen
Paris-Roubaix                                Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Amstel Gold Race                          De Brabantse Pjil
Flèche Wallonne                            Tour de Romandie
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
MayGiro d'Italia                                     Tour de Romandie (cont.)
JuneCritérium du Dauphiné                    Bayern Rundfahrt
Tour de Suisse
National Championships
JulyTour de France                                Tour of Poland
AugustSan Sebastian                                 Tour of Poland (cont.)
Vattenfall Classics                           Eneco Tour
Vuelta A España                              GP Plouay
SeptemberVuelta A España (cont.)
GP Québec
GP Montréal
OctoberLombardia                                       Paris Tours
Tour of Beijing