Team Sky DS Nicolas Portal slams cuts to team sizes for 2018

French director believes the move will be counter-productive

Team Sky lead the peloton on stage 15 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: ASO/Pauline Ballet)

Over several months spent researching a book on tactics within pro racing, one issue that has come up again and again when discussing this subject has been the UCI’s decision to cut the teams next season from nine riders to eight in the Grand Tours and from eight to seven in the Classics.

Having spoken to dozens of riders and team managers, I’ve yet to come across one in favour of this move, which the UCI and the organisers of these races insist is designed to increase safety for riders and reduce the control that any one team can have on a race.

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