Giro d’Italia organizers have overhauled the time bonus and points systems for the Italian tour, which starts May 9 in Belfast.
Among the changes RCS Sport announced Tuesday are reductions in finish-line and intermediate time bonuses. Stage winners previously earned 20-second bonuses, but will gain half that in the race’s 2014 edition. Bonuses for the top three finishers on each stage will be 10, 6, and 4 seconds. Intermediate sprints will award 3, 2, and 1 seconds.
Other changes include a revamping of the red jersey competition, which will see more points awarded on sprint stages than climbing stages. This should put an end to battles for the jersey between riders as diverse as Joaquim Rodríguez and Mark Cavendish, who fought for red to the final stage in 2012.
In the climbers’ classification, the race’s hardest climbs will offer more points than previously, providing a weighted advantage to riders performing on the race’s biggest days in the mountains.