uci.logoThe International Cycling Union (UCI) moved to strengthen anti-doping measures in men’s road cycling Tuesday while undertaking reforms to improve the sport‘s financial sustainability.

The UCI management committee, meeting at the World Road Cycling Championships in the United States, announced the measures after more than two years of talks.

“This is an important moment for professional cycling and another major step forward as we continue to restore trust and credibility,” UCI president Brian Cookson said.

Three-year licenses will be granted to a maximum of 18 UCI World teams for the 2017-2019 seasons, hopefully sparking investment to bolster the finances of each with more stable structures based on ethical, financial, sporting, administrative and organizational criteria.

“To further strengthen team integrity and anti-doping measures,” the UCI also announced mandatory operating requirements for all teams starting in 2017, the rules ensuring proper supervision and support for riders.

Other changes will include adding new events to the calendar from 2017 and a reformed rankings system. – Agence France-Presse

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