UCI president David Lappartient wants further reductions in the peloton
Oct 30 2017 10:22 pm CET

UCI president David Lappartient wants further reductions in the peloton
UCI president David Lappartient wants further reductions in the peloton
Photo of David Lappartient © FFC

The president of the UCI David Lappartient has revealed his intentions of reducing even further the size of the peloton in Grand Tours.

For the 2018 season, teams will be reduced to eight riders during races with the objective of increasing the safety and making the competition more exciting. But for Lappartient this isn't enough and he may want to take further measures.

"Previously teams have consisted of ten riders. Then it was reduced to nine and now to eight, but I want to go one step further," said the UCI President to French radio station RMC. "Six riders per team would be even better."

From next year, the three Grand Tours will have the peloton reduced from 198 riders to 176, which came with some criticism from teams and riders who were concerned about the number of jobs that would be lost by this measure.

For one-day and shorter races, teams will have seven riders per competition. In the Women's WorldTour races, teams will have six riders for one-day events, and seven for all stage races.

These measures were taken with the objective of having fewer race incidents like those that ended with fatal results for Antoine Demoitie during the 2016 Ghent-Wevelgem and serious injuries for Stig Broeckx at the 2016 Tour of Belgium.





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