Organisers, teams and riders 'are on the same page' with extreme weather protocol

Race organisers are often the first party to propose suspending racing or alternating a route if the weather becomes dangerous, the AIGCP says

Wind has split the peloton on stage four of the 2014 Tour of Qatar

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Race organisers are making the first move in suspending racing when weather becomes too dangerous, the managing director of the body that represents teams, the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP), has said.

Last week saw the UCI's extreme weather protocol (EWP) used on two occasions: first, at the Dubai Tour stage four was shortened and then cancelled due to high winds and a sandstorm; then, on the final day at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, winds meant that stage distance was cut to just 35km.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.