Teams to be restricted to seven riders per race, eight for Grand Tours

Peloton will be limited to a maximum of 176 riders from 2018 season for reasons of safety under new regulations introduced by the UCI

Tour de France peloton.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The total number of riders in a road race will be restricted to 176, with teams restricted to seven riders in men's one-day and shorter races, and eight for Grand Tours to improve safety in races.

The Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) approved the introduction of the new regulations governing team sizes at a meeting at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway, on Tuesday.

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