Max team size explained

The coverage of Astana, Andrei Kasheckin and Roman Kireyev on this blog has involved the rule on team size. Whether by email, twitter or comments, readers have been asking “isn’t the upper limit 30 and not 28?”

I’ve tried to answer this individually but on the basis that if someone asks a question aloud then maybe others are thinking about it too, here’s the answer:

2.15.110 Riders The number of riders in each UCI ProTeam may not be fewer than twenty-three (23). The maximum number of riders per UCI ProTeam which may be registered with the UCI is restricted according to the number of new professionals under contract (within the meaning of article 7 of the joint agreement concluded between the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associ̩s РAssociated Professional Cyclists) and the AIGCP (Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels РInternational Association of Professional Cycling Teams) in the following manner:

Number of new professionals under contract to the UCI ProTeam Maximum number of riders registered with the UCI
0 28
1 29
2-5 30

So a squad with 2-5 neo pro riders can have 30, whilst a team without a neo-pro is capped at 28. It’s a small incentive to recruit new riders. Note that a rider is classed as a “neo” in their first two years. Thus a rider who joined the pro ranks in 2010 is still a neo-pro.

In addition teams can hire stagiaires or trainees from the 1 August. Here’s rule 2.15.100 bis:

In addition, in the period between 1 August and the end of the year, each UCI ProTeam may admit into the team three elite or under 23 riders

The full text of the rule goes on to state that the UCI has to be informed when riders are recruited this way. Note that the upper limit is three. Guess which team has four riders at the moment:

Astana stagiaires

But this time Astana sought permission from the UCI to hire an extra rider and it was duly granted. Makes a change…

7 thoughts on “Max team size explained”

  1. Two teams? Why stop there? How about THREE teams like ANC had in the 1987(?) season? At the time the BCF limited domestic teams to a measly 6 riders, so there were three ANC incarnations, from which riders were pooled for continental events like the Tour.

  2. Amazing. So you get obsessive regulation of rules like ‘level saddle supports’ (?!), and non-aero shoes (sorry Bont).

    Then with things like teh actual number of riders you can have in a team, a clear unambiguous rule, you have the UCI just shrugging and saying “Oh yeah, we kinda thought Vinowas doing this, but it’ll all sort itself out in the wash…”

    The inconsistency is breathtaking… For me at least, the UCI simply have no credibility as a governing organisation.

  3. @Tim, Red Bull only sponsors sports that provide return on in investment. It seems cycling is not one of those sports.

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