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UCI Announces the Launch of a New World Ranking System for Pro Men

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December 24, 2015 – The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce the launch of a new UCI World Ranking for men’s professional road cycling, reflecting a similar ranking in place already for women’s professional road cycling.

The UCI World Ranking – individual and nations – will be published in parallel with the UCI WorldTour Ranking (individual, teams and nations).

The new UCI World Ranking will be published once a week, each Monday, from January 11th 2016. It will take into account the results of the 52 previous weeks (a rolling system, similar to that of the ATP in tennis). This means it will only come fully into effect one year after its introduction. Its calculation will not be based on a specific series, as is the case with the UCI WorldTour Ranking, but on the entire UCI International Road Calendar (UCI WorldTour, UCI Continental Circuits, UCI World Championships, National and Continental Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Games).

All riders who mark points in the races concerned will be part of the UCI World Ranking, including riders who are not members of UCI WorldTeams.

The new UCI World Ranking was the subject of a thorough consultation process which took into account the interests and wishes of riders, teams, organisers and National Federations as well as media and fans. In addition, it reflects the most recent discussions of the UCI Road Commission and Professional Cycling Council.

These modifications will not affect the UCI Continental Rankings, which will remain just as important on the continents and will continue to be calculated. On the other hand, these will now be published once a week and, like the UCI World Ranking, will take into account the 52 previous weeks according to a “rolling” system. Also new: riders from UCI WorldTeams will now feature in the UCI Continental Rankings.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Ben Aroundo, ON, Canada says:

    Every year good riders and good domestiques are having a hard time finding teams that will renew their contracts or hire them to race. I propose and I’ve said this to many prominent racers including Brian Cookson the head of the UCI, that we allocate UCI points for domestiques that assist in getting a win. It will create more fan interest, more drama, more excitement and a new and interesting dimension in the sport. This will make all domestiques more animated to help for the win. Domestiques will be more marketable and more apt to find a job in cycling and it will also give countries like Japan, Canada, Austria ( Beppu, Eisel, Renshaw, Hule etc.) who have amazing domestiques more points and therefore more riders for the World Championship. We do this in hockey and I think that this can be a new “DYNAMIC” in professional cycling. Let’s all spread this fair and timely idea to the cycling community.

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