Dubai Tour reclassified as 2.HC by the Union Cycliste Internationale for 2015

The Dubai Tour, which made its debut in February this year, has been reclassified by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to be a higher level race for next season.

The inaugural edition was ranked as a UCI 2.1 race, but next year’s edition will be UCI 2.HC – the highest level for a non-WorldTour event.

What this means is that the race can now accommodate more WorldTour teams on its start list, from 50 per cent to a maximum of 70 per cent.

This year’s edition of the race was won by Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing).

The 2015 Dubai Tour will run from February 4-7 and is organised by the company behind the Giro d’Italia, RCS Sport, in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council.