Official: Grand Tour squad size to be reduced from nine to eight
Jun 23 2017 02:44 am CET

Official: Grand Tour squad size to be reduced from nine to eight

Cycling's World Governing Body UCI has announced that the amount of riders in Grand Tours will be reduced to eight in 2018.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the UCI said that the Professional Cycling Council agreed on a number of issues, including the reduction of riders in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España.

This means that the maximum amount of riders in a Grand Tour will be reduced to 176. Moreover, the PCC aims to use the same limit for any other UCI WorldTour and UCI Continental race. The changes will be effective from the start of the 2018 season.

In addition, and following a successful test in the recent Tour de Suisse, the PCC agreed to further test a revised protocol for the calculation of time gaps in stages expected to have a bunch sprint finish. The revision will now also be applied to the upcoming Tour de France.

"The revision changes the time gap for a split to three seconds - instead of one - and is intended to address the issue of increased stress and risk during Grand Tour bunch sprints, while retaining the sporting integrity of the sprint and stage," the statement explained.
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