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Tuesday 10 Oct 2017

Ella's Jeanine Laudy sat down with the UCI's Women's Coordinator, Morgane Gaultier to discuss the changes coming to the Women's WorldTour next year. 

“The second Women’s WorldTour has made a number of significant steps forward following the inaugural edition last year,” Gaultier told Ella

“We worked closely with the organisers, who have increased the number of races broadcasted live this year to 12 compared to nine last season,” she said. “This has meant 17 days of live coverage compared with 11 for 2016.”

The changes flagged include: 

  • Increasing the races broadcast on TV or via livestreaming
  • Maintain the current 176 rider, 24 team maximum instead of the previous 200 rider peloton to increase safety
  • Work towards introducing actual Women's WorldTour teams to create an upper tier, rather than the 44 teams that are technically eligible to compete in WorldTour races
  • Work with stakeholders to implement a minimum wage in the next four years
  • Three new races for the 2018 WorldTour: Trois Jour de la Panne, Emakumeen Bira and Tour of Guangxi for a total of 23 events and 52 race days. 

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Carlos Betancur and Winner Anacona have re-signed with the Movistar team for 2018 and 2019.  

Anacona was a key domestique for runner-up Nairo Quintana at the 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing 25th overall himself. 

Before Betancur crashed out of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, he looked to be back in the key domestique form he heralded earlier in his career with an 18th place overall at this year's Tour de France. 

The new contracts will see both race with the Spanish outfit for four seasons. 

Michael Matthews told Cyclingnews he will race at next week's Tour of Guangxi in China. This follows his surprise start at the Giro di Lombardia where he rode in support of team mates and a world championships campaign where he walked away with bronze. 

"After all the support the team's given me this year to do all the races I wanted to do, it's nice to support the guys who supported me," he said. 

Matthews also hinted at a different schedule for 2018 with a focus on the Ardennes classics. 

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Controversial Cofidis sprinter Nacer Bouhanni has apologised publicly on Twitter after his confrontation with Rudy Barbier at Paris-Bourges last Friday. 

The altercation between Bouhanni and fellow Frenchman was caught on camera by a fan. 

In his statement on Twitter, Bouhanni explained he felt the final sprint by race winner Barbier was "completely irregular and especially dangerous" and he narrowly avoided a fall and potential danger to other riders. But he said he was sorry for his following the race as they were excessive. 

Trek-Segafredo has provided an update on the status of German rider John Degenkolb who was hospitalised in September with respiratory problems.

"John’s condition was not improving enough after his DNF in the Tour of Denmark," said team doctor Nino Daniele. "so we decided he had to go to the hospital for additional tests for his respiratory issues. 

“Fortunately, John quickly started to feel better and could leave the hospital after a few days. He will start training again in two weeks, but of course we will follow-up on him during the coming months.”

In the team statement, Degenkolb said there was not much season left after he was released from hospital. 

"There was no time to get into shape to still race this season, so we decided I would take a break a bit earlier this year. In two weeks I will start training again and I am really looking forward to that."

"2017 didn't exactly go like I wanted and expected so I am ready for 2018, bring it on!"