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QUEBEC, Canada (VN) — Cycling’s governing body confirmed Friday it will enforce its controversial relegation-promotion system for the next round of WorldTour licenses.
Despite rumors that the UCI was considering widening the WorldTour from 18 to 20 teams for 2023 and thus negate the risk of relegation for some teams, the governing body said Friday it will move forward with its ranking system it introduced in 2018.
“Contrary to recent public reporting, no decision to modify the rules in force has been taken,” a UCI statement read Friday.
“The UCI License Commission is charged with awarding UCI WorldTour licenses on the basis of the rules in force,” the UCI said. “The procedure will take place in November, and the UCI points acquired up until 18 October will be taken into account for the sporting criterion.”
The blueprint to issue 18 WorldTour licenses is based in part on end-of-season points rankings taken during the past three seasons continues to roil the elite men’s peloton.Teams on the bubble are refusing to let some of their top riders to attend the upcoming world championships in Australia because they want those riders to chase UCI points in other races.Some are also warning that teams could shutter if they lose WorldTour status.Right now, there are about a half dozen teams facing possible relegation. With little more than one […]