BMC Racing drop down to 24 riders with reduction of peloton size in 2018 races

The American team chop their roster down from 29 with the peloton size reduced to 176 riders in 2018

Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing) leads the peloton at the Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

BMC Racing have announced that they will reduce their roster to 24 riders from 29 for the 2018 season, after the UCI announced earlier this year that the men's peloton size will be reduced to 176 riders in 2018 races.

Cycling's governing body announced in September during the World Championships that total riders in races would be reduced for safety reasons, however concerns have been previously raised by some riders that such a move could leave fewer spaces for riders in WorldTour teams.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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