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UCI announces new World Ranking system for 2016

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 24, 2015
  • Updated Dec. 25, 2015 at 10:23 AM EDT
Alejandro Valverde has closed out the past two seasons as the WorldTour's number one rider. He figures to contend in the new World Ranking as well. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (file)

The UCI announced Thursday via a post on the UCI website that it will implement a comprehensive individual ranking system, a major part of reform discussions for more than a year now, starting in January of 2016.

A ranking assigning points for all UCI races across both the WorldTour and the Continental tours had been briefly implemented at the start of 2015 before being scuttled after teams complained that they were not given proper notice. After those early obstacles, however, the UCI will publish its first World Ranking on January 11, 2016, in parallel with WorldTour rankings.

The new World Ranking will be published once a week, every Monday, taking into account the results of the previous 52 weeks in a “rolling” system, which the UCI has likened to the ATP tour in tennis. The ranking calculation will be based on results accrued across the entire road calendar (including the WorldTour circuit, the Continental circuits, the world championships, national and continental championships, and the Olympic Games).

All riders who score points in any of the involved races will be included in the new World Ranking, including riders who are not members of UCI WorldTeams.

According to a post on the UCI website, “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.”

The UCI WorldTour and Continental rankings will continue to be calculated, but will now be published once a week and, like the new World Ranking, will take into account the 52 previous weeks according to a rolling system. The UCI also announced in the same website post that riders on WorldTeams will now be eligible to place in Continental tour rankings in 2016.

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