UCI bans Russian and Belarusian teams and races with immediate effect but riders from the two nations can continue to race

A rule change has been introduced to allow athletes with multiple nationalities to change their nationality

Russian athletes can still compete
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Russian and Belarusian athletes will still be able to compete in UCI-sanctioned cycling races, but registered teams from the two nations have been stripped of their right to race.

In a strongly-worded condemnation by the UCI of the ongoing Russian invasion in Ukraine, cycling's governing body revealed that at an extraordinary meeting they have decided to impose a range of sanctions on teams and races from both countries.

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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.