The 2013 Tour de Pologne will be the first UCI WorldTour event to introduce a pilot project designed to highlight the excitement and attractiveness of each day of racing.
The project introduces a new system of bonus points for riders who win a series of contests organised during each day of racing.
These may include intermediate sprints, and mountain pass or hill contests. At the end of each stage a general âRace Appealâ classification will be established by adding up the points awarded. The top riders of this classification will obtain time bonuses on the eventâs general classification.
The number of riders per team will be six as opposed to the usual eight.
âThis contest will add extra spice to each day of racing,â explained UCI President Pat McQuaid. âThe riders will have added motivation at certain points throughout the day, and the spectators will be treated to some exciting and spectacular competitions.â
This new project was approved by the Professional Cycling Council in February this year. The project was put forward by a special working group made up of representatives from cyclingâs main stakeholders, including teams.
âThe Tour de Pologne has always been aware of new trends and open to innovation. This is why with great enthusiasm and interest we embrace all those solutions which, as in this case, can contribute to rendering the race even more spectacular and exciting, with the aim of attracting increasing numbers of people - not only experts but especially the general public, to the splendid world of cycling," explains the Director for the Tour de Pologne, Czeslaw Lang.
After the 2013 Tour de Pologne (July 27th â August 3rd), it is envisaged to introduce the concept at other UCI WorldTour events in 2014.
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