This year’s Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España will have an enhanced field of 23 teams and 184 riders soon after the UCI authorised the existence of an extra wild card team in a a person-off measure thanks to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sport.
The size of the Grand Tour pelotons had been lessened to 22 groups of eight riders each and every in new years in an endeavor to cut down the danger of crashes and to make improvements to rider security. The 19 WorldTour groups are all routinely invited to the Grand Tours, with Alpecin-Fenix also confident of a position following topping the ProTeam rankings in 2020.
Letting 23 groups in 2021 will also avoid some challenging choices for the 3 Grand Tour organisers. In a team announcement nowadays, Tour de France organisers verified all a few French ProTeams – Overall-Direct Énergie, Crew Arkéa-Samsic and B & B Hôtels p/b KTM – would journey the 108th edition, which begins in Brest, close to the headquarters of the 3 teams.
All a few Spanish Professional Teams – Burgos-BH, Caja Rural and Euskaltel-Euskadi – are probable to now safe locations at the Vuelta a España, while an more position for a team also will help the organisers of the Giro d’Italia, who confronted leaving out at minimum two Italian ProTeams.
The Eolo-Kometa ProTeam created by Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso are envisioned to safe a wildcard invitation to the 2021 Giro d’Italia soon after stepping up to ProTeam amount, leaving Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Bardiani-CSF-Faizane, Vini Zabu-Brado-KTM, Gazprom and Group Arkea-Samsic combating for the closing areas.
The UCI verified the added area in the a few Grand Tours while saying a selection of conclusions taken by UCI Administration Committee on race and rider protection, donations to the CPA rider association and bike towns.
“Following the ask for from the 3 Nationwide Federations involved (France, Spain and Italy), the greatest number of riders at the begin of the Grand Excursions was exceptionally enhanced to 184 from the regular 176,” the UCI mentioned.
“This boost of 8 riders will enable organisers, if they desire, to invite an further workforce to their party under the wildcard program. Nonetheless, the variety of riders per team at the get started of the Grand Tours will stay set at eight.
“This adjustment, relevant in 2021 only, will supply a number of teams and various riders excess opportunities for competitiveness at the greatest stage in a period which has observed them substantially decreased.”