What do the UCI's rules for Russian and Belarusian teams and riders actually mean?

Cycling's governing body announced sanctions on teams and riders in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Gazprom-RusVelo team 2022
The Gazprom-RusVelo team at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana this year
(Image credit: Getty Images)

On Tuesday night cycling's governing body, the UCI, revealed a range of sanctions imposed on Russian and Belarusian teams and riders in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

These range from Russia and Belarus national teams not being allowed to compete in UCI races, to the name, flag, anthem and acronyms of the two nations not being permitted at any event.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.