New UCI World Ranking introduced for pro road racing

Rolling ranking for men's professional road racing will start from January 2016

A new World Ranking for men’s professional road racing will come into play from January 2016, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced.

The UCI World Ranking will be published weekly, starting from January 11, and use a rolling system that reflects performances from the previous 12 months.

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Ranking for both individual riders and teams will be produced, and the rankings will include points accrued from all races on the UCI International Road Calendar, which includes the WorldTour, Continental Circuits, World and National Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Games.

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Any rider scoring points in qualifying races will be included in the ranking, irrespective of the level of team that they belong to. This means that it will be possible to compare the season-long performances of riders from WorldTour, Professional Continental and Continental teams for the first time.

The UCI World Ranking will run alongside the existing UCI WorldTour ranking, rather than replacing it.

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As the UCI points out, due to the rolling nature of the ranking it will “only come fully into effect one year after its introduction”.

In a statement issued by the UCI, it said that the new ranking has been formed to reflect the “interests and wishes of riders, teams, organisers 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.”

A similar rolling ranking is already in existence for women’s road racing.