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11 changes to the rules of pro cycling that you need to know before the 2018 season

This article is originally from Cycling Week

The UCI has been busy updating its rules and regulations

1. Team sizes reduced

The peloton at the 2017 Vuelta a España (Credit: Sunada)

As part of a drive to improve the safety of riders, the new UCI regulations with see the peloton limited to a maximum of 176 riders from 2018 season.

For one day races and shorter stage races, that will mean that teams will be restricted to a maximum of seven riders, while in Grand Tours they will be able to take to the start line with eight.

2. Tighter regulation of inflatable structures

Adam Yates after a crash stage 7 of the 2016 Tour de France (Credit: Watson)

In what is bad news for the Tour of Poland, the UCI has moved to bring in tighter regulations on inflatables for the 2018 season, probably prompted by Adam Yates’ painful crash into a collapsed inflatable flamme rouge at the 2016 Tour de France.

For the next four years, the inflatables are covered by strict regulations, such as being equipped with two generators (one of which must be a thermic petrol generator), two blowers, secured by at least 10 anchor points, and with an “alert” technician on hand, before they are banned altogether from 2022.

3. Harsher penalties for holding on to cars

Yukiya Arashiro gets a sticky bottle at the Giro d’Italia (Credit: Sunada)

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