Let’s end confusion over the interpretation of road racing’s rules

The sport’s officials are in the spotlight once again, but they need support when interpreting and enforcing race regulations

Riders at the 2017 Dwars door Vlaanderen ride the Taaienberg climb (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

While the most of the debate about José Joaquín Rojas’s pushing of Movistar teammates during the Volta a Catalunya’s team time trial focused on whether this amounted to significant assistance or not, the episode also emphasised the ongoing uncertainty officials have in enforcing the rules of the sport.

The UCI’s regulations are extensive and quite precise in outlining what is and isn’t allowed in racing. However, interpretation of these regulations is anything but.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.