UCI Points Explained | GCN’s Guide To Road Racing In 2019
Articles Blog

UCI Points Explained | GCN’s Guide To Road Racing In 2019

October 29, 2019

(deep bass) – In this video, we’re gonna
explain what UCI point are, how they’re scored, how they’re weighted in different races from
the Tour de France, one day classics, and
week long stage races, and crucially, why they’re important and why you need to know about them. Firstly, we’re gonna explain why riders want to score UCI points. When riders compete in a UCI ranked race, there’s an opportunity
to score UCI points, and these points
contribute to the rankings of individual riders, trade
teams, and also nations. Now the points are important
because riders and teams require a certain quota,
or number of these points, in order to qualify for the top races. (upbeat music) First, let’s look at individual points. Now points don’t just win prizes, they’re also a really useful tool for measuring a riders worth and value, and this comes in handy when negotiating selection for races, and also salaries and contracts. For 2019, there’s gonna
be a number of changes and the first thing
you need to be aware of is that there’s gonna
be a separate ranking for points scored in one day races from the points scored in stage races. So this means that a
rider like Chris Froome will probably have a really
high stage race ranking and perhaps a lower
ranking in one day races, where someone like Peter Sagan, well, you’d expect him
to have a really high one day ranking and a
lower stage race ranking. And someone like Alejandro Valverde, well, he’ll probably just have a really high ranking in both. And this is new for 2019, previously, points scored in one day and
stage races were all combined. (hip hop music) Team rankings are calculated
by adding up the UCI points that are scored by the
riders on that team. Now these aren’t just for bragging rights, they’re important because
teams need to score a certain number of UCI
points in order to maintain a UCI World Tour license or, in some cases, qualify for one. And for the 2019 season,
there are only 18 slots available for UCI World Tour teams. According to the UCI
rules, World Tour licenses are awarded based on
the following criteria. Sporting, ethical, financial, administrative, and
organisational criteria. Now in order to obtain
a World Tour license, each of these criteria must be met. With sporting referring
to UCI points scored. Now according to the rules, if more applicants for licenses
than the maximum number of licenses available meet
the ethical, financial, administrative, and
organisational criteria, then the license commission
will decide between them based on the number of
UCI points they’ve scored. To avoid losing a World Tour license, teams need to score points. And this brings us on to
the next important change for 2019 that you need to be aware of. So in 2019, the UCI is looking to reduce the number of World Tour teams from 18, as it currently is, to 16 for 2020. And this means that the
two teams that score the fewest UCI points this season are going to be relegated for 2020. In addition, another new
rule for 2019 is that the two highest ranked
teams in the division below the World Tour, formerly
known as Pro Continental, will have the opportunity
to race in UCI events such as the Tour de France
and one day classics. It’s also got a new name, it
was previously Pro Continental, but for 2019 it’s gonna be called the UCI Pro Series Division. (slow music) So UCI rankings by nation,
now these are important because they determine how many riders a nation can field in certain events such as the World
Championships or Olympics. Now they also tell us
which nation is the best, (laughs) and at the
moment it’s Great Britain. It’s Spain. (mumbles) – Oh my God. – The rankings are calculated by combining the top eight riders from that nation. Now in a race like the World
Championships or the Olympics, nations ranked one to 10 may take to the start
line with eight riders, nations ranked 11 to 20
may start with six riders, nations ranked 20 to 30
may have four riders, and nations ranking 31 to
50 may enter one rider. Now if I rider’s home
nation isn’t in the top 50, but they have an individual
rider with a top 200 ranking, then that individual may also start too. (hip hop music) Points are scored by
placing highly in UCI races, and the most prestigious the
race, the more points on offer. This is reflected in a race
like the Tour de France, and winning the overall in
the tour is the single biggest points score that a rider can get. You get 1,000 points, and
points are also awarded all the way down to 60th place. This is the same in other UCI races too. Now for second place, you get 800 points, for third place, 675, and
for fourth place, 575, and it carries on like
that, you get the idea. If you win one of the other grand tours, say the Tour de Italia
or the Vuelta a España, you win 850 points. To reflect their stature in the sport, the monuments are heavily weighted too, these being the five most
prestigious one day races. So you’ve got Paris Roubaix,
the Tour of Flanders, Milan San Remo, Liege Bastogne
Liege, and Il Lombardia. Win any of these and you
bag yourself 600 points, which means, well, in
points terms at least, two monuments a year is worth more than the overall in the Tour. The World Championships
and Olympic road races are right up there as well with 600 points on offer for both of those races. Now to win either of these
races is, well, career defining, and the points on offer reflect that. Other one day races that are big, but not quite as prestigious as the ones we’ve just mentioned,
have less points on offer. A great example would be
something like Strade Bianche, where the winner receives 400 points. Week long stage races, such as Paris Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, and
the Critérium du Dauphiné are worth 500 points for the
winner of the overall GC, meaning that they’re worth
slightly less than a monument, however, in stage races, there
are many other opportunities to score points, so in reality, my statement that two
monuments are worth more than the Tour de France is,
well, complete rubbish. Another interesting
detail is that some races arguably punch about
their weight when it comes to the amount of points on offer. So a great example of this
is the Tour Down Under where the same number
of points are on offer as for Paris Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico. Now the reason for this is good, and it’s because it incentives
teams and riders to take part in a race that’s on the
other side of the world, is relatively new, and is early season, because there’s lots of
valuable points up for grabs, and also being UCI, it means that all the UCI teams have to take part. Less well established races
offer winners 300 points, and these include things like the Ride London Surrey Classic, the Tour of California,
and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. As I mentioned, it’s not
all about GC placing. In stage races, there are
loads of UCI points on offer for winning and placing
on the individual stages, and these tend to go all
the way down to 5th place. The Tour de France offers
the biggest bonification, in the words of Sean Kelly, with 120 points on offer for a stage win. Now that means that if you
win five stages of the Tour, that’s equal in points
to a monument, kinda, a feat which Mark Cavendish has achieved. Wining a stage of the Giro or
the Vuelta is worth 100 points while other stage races
like Paris Nice offer less, 60 points for an individual stage win. It doesn’t end there though. Points are also on offer for
wearing a leader’s jersey. These aren’t much though,
so you get 25 points per day you wear the yellow jersey in the Tour, and you get just 10 points for every day that you wear the ochre
jersey in the Tour Down Under. And if you win one of the
other classifications, such as the green sprinters jersey or the mountains
classification in the Tour, you get 120 points for the overall. Hope you found this video
useful and interesting, and if you have then
please give it a thumbs up and consider sharing it with your friends, as we think it would be really
cool for a wider audience to understand how the World Tour works and get more people following the sport, not just when the Tour de France is on, but throughout the entire racing season. And the points system is quite detailed, and I’ve not gone into every single detail for risk of making this quite
a long and boring video, but if you’ve got any
questions then feel free to fire them in the
comments section below. In case you were wondering,
the points system for the Women’s World Tour
is fundamentally the same as the men’s although the
numbers are different. And here on GCN, we
broadcast all the major races live and for free, so if
you’d like to watch them then you can click down here for a link to our page where they’re streamed. But until next time, give
the video a thumbs up and I’ll see you later, bye.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. That was brilliant! Great information we had not bothered to learn before but are now glad we know. A few comments asked about how to see points so I did a look up: https://www.uci.org/road/rankings

  2. Isn´t it unfair for the other two Grand Tours, that the TdF is more valueble? It decreases the gap between those tours even more. In Germany for example the TdF is televised on public Broadcasting channels, whereas the Giro and the Vuelta only can be watched on Eurosport. And in my opinion the french mountains aren´t harder as the italian ones, and the Vuelta has yearly more summit finishes as the Tour. The spanish one also has less sprint stages, which makes exciting breakaway stages happen more often and days with GC changes could come more frequently. And the mountains are not divided into two three-day-blocks, but they are very well seperated between the three weeks.

  3. Fascinating. Are all pros clear about all the points strategies? Seams s got confusing and a lot to remember. Great work Ollie

  4. Why doesn't the rainbow jersey go to the rider with the most UCI points? Then fans will want to keep track of the points tally, and it won't be decided by a single race.

  5. Considering teams (sponsors, really) are usually more concerned about media coverage than season points, the UCI rankings are fairly irrelevant. Many teams tend to focus more on getting results in widely broadcasted races and/or local ones. I'm pretty sure a French pro conti team would much rather grab a stage win in the TDF than the overall in the Tour Down Under or the Tour of Guangxi.
    And for fans, many other ranking systems exist, like ProCyclingStats' PCS points, that offer a much better picture of the riders on form, making the UCI points system pretty much irrelevant. Sad that they seem unable to up their game on that front.

  6. It would make more sense if the uci resets the points at the start of each season and then they have an award for the winner of each category based off the points in which they earned in that given year. They could also incorporate something like a leader's jersey so that people know who is leading that category

  7. Just found the UCI points table for 2019. Right now in 3rd place is Simon Yates!!!!… As far as I can recall… He has not raced yet in 2019????…. And he is coming 3rd. To me this just goes to show the level of professionalism within the UCI. It does feel like a bunch of amateurs run the show … And this is indicative of tardiness and just crap staff… IMHO.

  8. Punching above our weight are we? Hold me beer!

    Actually, they should get extra points, danger points, for having to deal with the drivers and car culture we have here.

  9. Thanks – found that very useful.
    I think the UCI points for TdF don't mean it's a harder race interns of the course – just harder to win because all the best GC riders try to be there on top form

  10. for the points for the olympic medals, do those only count for year of the olympics? or do you get them for every year you're holding that title (aka GVA still the road race champion thus gets 600 pts per year)?

  11. Thanks for the video!

    I believe it would be better for the audience and the business if the leaders of the one-day ranking and stage-race ranking had a different jersey (with a certain sponsor).

  12. This helped me understand a lot, but it also has me kind of torn. Clearly the UCI is not afraid to be controversial because there are so many things to disagree on in a system this complicated. On the one hand it's good that there are incentives for different strengths and different types of riders and races, but on the other hand I struggle to see how you spread the sport to a wider audience with the system being so complicated. I wonder if it would make more sense to have separate leagues for different types of racing. A league for crits, a league for the classics, a league for stage races et. … . who knows?

  13. This is how you know there is an English bias in cycling. First Sagan is disqualified because an end of his career Englishmen crashes out, now they turn everything into the premier league. Not only that this will encourage trade team mates to support their leader in the Olympics and world championships, if they were not doing this already.

  14. you've got to feel bad about that 1 team that has 1 member entered in a race. not only a tough race but he will have noone to talk too. is there a support group for these riders?

  15. Useful & good call to walk through the detail. would have been good to include say the 2018 final rankings to give context on the magnitude of points individual/teams accrue.

  16. My heart goes out to the riders who slay themselves on the front for the first 100k or so setting tempo for the team. Hard to come by points that way. Hopefully directors throw contracts at all-day power beasts even if they are low on points.

  17. Yes very helpful video ..still I wanna ask ..how much uci points do i needed to participate in Olympics (2020) road racing & single time trail race and for triathlon race …just needed for knowledge pls. .tell.me.

  18. Where can you get to see the points month by month – could be a regular feature on the racing channel ?

  19. Cycling noob here! I was just wondering why riders like Egan Bernal and Juliane Alaphilippe aren’t riding in La Vuelta and weren’t in the Giro. If I’m not mistaken, there are a lot of UCI points there. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *