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Exclusive: 2023 WorldTour could include 20 teams to avoid relegation chaos, legal battles

Exclusive: 2023 WorldTour could include 20 teams to avoid relegation chaos, legal battles

The 2023 WorldTour could be expanded with 20 teams and increased peloton sizes if the UCI’s promotion/relegation plan is scrapped (Image credit: Michael SteeleGetty Images)…

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The 2023 WorldTour could be expanded with 20 teams and increased peloton sizes if the UCI’s promotion/relegation plan is scrapped (Image credit: Michael SteeleGetty Images)

Cyclingnews understands the UCI is considering a plan to increase the number of WorldTour teams in the 2023 peloton to end the WorldTour relegation chaos that has left teams fighting for ranking points and unsure about their future if they drop out of the WorldTour.

According to several sources, the UCI could significantly change the WorldTour rules and allow 20 teams to compete in the WorldTour races in the next three-year cycle from 2023-2025.

That would avoid any of the 20 teams that have applied from missing out, and so neutralise the ever intense battle for ranking points as teams race to avoid relegation rather than win races.

Increasing the maximum size of the peloton to 200 riders is apparently the key to the last-minute solution. The current limit is 176 riders – 22 teams of eight riders for the Grand Tours and 25 teams of seven for other WorldTour races.

A larger peloton of 25 teams for Grand Tours and up to 28 teams for other events would allow 20 WorldTour teams to compete in all the WorldTour races, give the two best ranked ProTeams of 2022 places in the 2023 WorldTour races and allow race organisers to award three wild card places.

The only concern about a bigger peloton is rider safety and a possible increase in crashes. However it also increases employment opportunities for more […]

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