The best-performing country in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, USA, will receive a trophy for the first time.
Previously, the Worlds has only recognised the achievements of individual riders, who earn the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey of world champion for a year. Now, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has introduced a new nation ranking for the championships which will recognise the overall performance of each participating country.
“Inspired by the Olympic medal table, this ranking will reward the group performance of the entire team,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.
“It will no doubt be an additional motivation for riders and countries taking part in the UCI’s most important road event of the year.”
The ranking will be based on points awarded to men and women taking part in the individual time trials and road races. The team time trial is not included as this is contested by trade teams that comprise mixed nationalities.
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Road racing is fairly unique in the world of competition, since it is a team sport that only recognises an individual winner. This award seems to go some way to address this disparity, as all members of a national squad will be able to share in their success.
The 2015 UCI Road World Championships commence on Saturday, September 19 and run until Sunday, September 27 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Full details of the event can be found in our 2015 Road World Championships section.