Posted by Editoress on 12/24/15
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 11, 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 make points in the races concerned will be part of the UCI World Ranking, including riders who are not members of UCI WorldTeams. [Note: This means that riders (WorldTour, Pro Continental and Continental will all collect points for results in every UCI event on the calendar, not just WorldTour points for WorldTour riders and Continental circuit points for lower division riders]
The new UCI World Ranking was the subject of a thorough consultation process which took into account the interests and wishes of riders, teams, organizers 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.
The new World Ranking gives 1000 points for winning the Tour (despite the organizer, ASO, threatening to remove their races from the WorldTour), 850 for the Giro and Vuelta. Tour stage winners will get 120 points (100 points for a stage win at the Giro or Vuelta).
UCI races categorized 'HC' will give 200 points for a victory, a '1' category gets 125 and '2' category win is 40 points. Winning the world championship or Olympic road race is 600 points, and 350 for the respective time trials.
A full description of the new World Ranking can be found starting on Page 57 of the Road Cycling Regulations (Chapter X).
UCI press release
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