Turin opening sprint test for modified UCI 3km rule at Tour de France

BILBAO SPAIN JULY 01 LR Corbin Strong of New Zealand and Dylan Teuns of Belgium and Team IsraelPremier Tech sprint at finish line during the stage one of the 110th Tour de France 2023 a 182km stage from Bilbao to Bilbao UCIWT on July 01 2023 in Bilbao Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Sprint finish on stage 1 of 2023 Tour de France (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Tour de France organisers ASO confirmed that six stages will implement extended distances on finishes for the UCI’s ‘three-kilometre rule’ this year, beginning with two additional kilometres added to the flat run-in on Monday’s stage 3 in Turin, Italy, the first showdown for sprinters across three weeks.

A modification to the ‘sprint zone’ rule, UCI article 2.6.027, commonly called the ‘3km rule’, was formally introduced at the UCI Management Committee meeting in Aigle, Switzerland, in early June to address rider safety at road races. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).