Why is the UCI cracking down on number pockets at the Tour after it approved them six years ago?

Is the forthcoming ban on window number pockets really necessary? We ask Nopinz, the creators of the original 'Speedpocket', what the reasoning is behind the UCI's actions

Geraint Thomas with the number 21 in a rear number pocket
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A week before the start of the 2022 Tour de France, a letter was sent to UCI teams competing in that race and in the Tour de France Femmes, concerning the use of 'pin-less' number fixation systems. 

While not an official directive, the letter, which was revealed by CyclingTips, was apparently, a "kind request" after "several cycling stakeholders" had raised concerns about the lack of rider number visibility in races. 

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