UCI cuts Worlds teams to 9

The UCI responds quickly to yesterday's Spanish domination of the world road championship by cutting

The UCI responds quickly to yesterday's Spanish domination of the world road championship by cutting
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Historic Oscar Freire's third world championship win may have been, but Sunday's race in Verona was hardly the festival of attacking riding that many had been predicting. Spain's 13-strong team dominated throughout, so much so that six of them featured in the 15-rider group that decided the medals. The International Cycling Union, though, has responded quickly to this display of domination by cutting the maximum number of riders each nation can feel in the event next year to nine. Hosts Spain will get the advantage of 10th rider thanks to Freire's victory. As well as reducing the chance of one country dominating entirely, the reduction in rider numbers on the major teams should allow more riders to compete from less powerful cycling nations.
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