UCI launches new rolling world ranking system


The UCI has announced the launch of a new rolling world ranking system for men's road cycling.

The new UCI World Ranking will be published every Monday, starting from January 11, 2016, with the UCI Continental Rankings adopting the same system.

Results from the previous 52 weeks will be used as the basis, meaning it will not come fully into effect until one year later.

Unlike with the WorldTour Ranking, the new method will not be based on a specific series but instead on the entire calendar, including "the Continental circuits, national and world championships, and Olympic Games".

Furthermore, all riders, not just members of UCI WorldTeams, who record points will be included.

"The new UCI World Ranking was the subject of a thorough consultation process which took into account the interests and wishes of riders, teams, organisers and national federations as well as media and fans," a UCI statement said.

"In addition, it reflects the most recent discussions of the UCI Road Commission and Professional Cycling Council.

"These modifications will not affect the UCI Continental Rankings, which will remain just as important on the continents and will continue to be calculated.

"On the other hand, these will now be published once a week and, like the UCI World Ranking, will take into account the 52 previous weeks according to a "rolling" system.

"Also new: riders from UCI WorldTeams will now feature in the UCI Continental Rankings."