• Fewer riders should lead to safer racing according the the UCI. (Getty)Source: Getty
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has confirmed a long sought after reduction in team sizes for Grand Tour and WorldTour events.
Cycling Central

20 Sep 2017 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2017 - 12:43 PM

Meeting in Bergen, Norway, where it's currently hosting the world road championships, the UCI agreed that the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España will be reduced from nine to eight riders in a bid to improve the safety of riders, spectators and the race convoy.

The move means the peloton will be reduced to 176 in the three Grand Tours next year, down from 198. Other men's road races on the UCI International Road Calendar will be reduced to seven riders per team.

In the UCI Women’s WorldTour, there will be a maximum of six riders per team in one-day races, seven in stage races like the Giro Rosa.