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UCI to Launch New World Ranking System

Cycling’s governing today, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), announced today, the introduction of a new “rolling” world ranking system, which will tally the results of the previous 52 weeks and publish said results every Monday, beginning next month. 

The new system differs from the current WorldTour ranking, which only takes into consideration points that were scored by riders in WorldTour races, versus a new approach which gives ranking based on all races of the UCI calendar, such as the Continental circuits, national and world championships, and Olympic Games.

According to the UCI, the new ranking system is part of its reform package for 2017, and will “only come fully into effect one year after its introduction,” that is, in time for the planned implementation of reforms to the cycling calendar in 2017.

“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,” read a statement from the UCI on Thursday. “In addition, it reflects the most recent discussions of the UCI Road Commission and Professional Cycling Council.”

Additionally, the UCI has also provided details as to how its new ranking system will award points based on the importance of a race. For example, the winner of the Tour will earn 1,000 points, compared to the 850 points awarded to the winners of the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. A Tour stage win carries 120 points, compared to 100 at the Giro and Vuelta.

Victories in “tier 1” WorldTour races, including Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Monument Classics and the two Canadian WorldTour races are worth 500 points, with other WorldTour victories worth 400 points. Stage wins in tier 1 races carry 60 points, with 50 points on offer for stage wins at tier 2 events.

Victory in a HC race carries 200 points, a class 1 victory is worth 125 points and class 2 is worth 40 points. Olympic and World Championships road race victories are valued at 600 points, with 350 awarded to the time trial winners.

from the UCI

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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