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Women's Tour regulations

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour is run in accordance with UCI regulations to ensure it is a fair and safe event for everybody involved.

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour is run in accordance with UCI regulations to ensure it is a fair and safe event for everybody involved.

The key regulations in terms of the race’s sporting elements are detailed accordingly.

ORGANISATION

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour is organised by SweetSpot Group Ltd under the regulations of the International Cycling Union.

The race is to be held from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 October 2021.

EVENT

The event is entered on the UCI Women’s WorldTour Calendar and is registered as a WorldTour event.

In conformity with the UCI rules 2.13.033, points are awarded as follows for the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking:

• 200, 150, 125, 100, 85, 70, 60, 50, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15 and 10 points to the first 15 finishers in the final General Classification by time.

• 5 points to finishers 16 to 30 in the final General Classification by time.

• 3 points to finishers 31 to 40 in the final General Classification by time.

• 25, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4 points to the first 10 finishers on each stage.

• 5 points to the daily leader of the General Classification by time.

• 6, 4 and 2 points to the first three riders under 23 in the General Classification by time towards the secondary classification (Best Young Rider)

CLASSIFICATIONS AND TIME BONUSES

General Individual Classification by Time

The General Individual Classification on time is decided by adding together the time taken by the riders on each stage, less any time bonuses and plus any time penalties. The rider leading this competition after Stage One will wear the Overall Leader’s Jersey (blue, red & white). Where two or more riders make the same time in the general individual time placings, the placings obtained in each stage shall be added and, as a last resort, the place obtained in the last stage ridden shall be taken into consideration to decide the order, in accordance with UCI Article 2.6.015.

Time bonuses

In accordance with UCI regulation 2.6.019 time bonuses, applicable only to individual general classification by time, will be awarded on each stage as follows:

  • Stage finishes: One, Two, Four, Five, and Six: 10, 6 and 4 seconds
  • Intermediate sprints (two per stage on Stages One and Four to Six and three per stage on Stage Two): 3, 2 and 1 second(s) to the first three riders in each sprint

The Sigma Sports points classification

The Sigma Sports Points Classification by points is decided by adding together the points obtained at each stage finish according to article 2.6.017 of the UCI regulations.

Points for the sprints in each stage will be awarded as follows:

  • 15, 12, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to the first 10 riders at the stage finish

The leader of the Sigma Sports Points Competition shall wear the Sigma Sports Points Jersey.

In the event of a tie in the general individual points classification, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the riders are separated:

  1. The number of stage wins
  2. The general individual classification by time

The ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains Competition

The ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains classification is decided by adding the points awarded on each of the classified climbs. The rider leading the completion will wear the ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey.

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point on Category One climbs
  • 3, 2 and 1 point on Category Two climbs

In the event of a tie in the ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains competition, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the riders are separated:

  1. Number of first places on the climbs
  2. The number of second places on the climbs, and so on
  3. General Individual Classification by time

The Eisberg Sprints Classification

The Eisberg Sprints Classification by points is decided by adding together the points obtained at intermediate Eisberg Sprints during each stage according to article 2.6.017 of the UCI regulations. The leader of the Eisberg Sprints Competition shall wear the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

Points for the sprints in each stage will be awarded as follows:

  • 3, 2 and 1 point(s) for the first 3 riders in each intermediate sprint

In the event of a tie in the general individual points classification, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the riders are separated:

  1. The number of wins in intermediate sprints
  2. The general individual classification by time

The Best British Rider Competition

Only riders holding a British Cycling issued racing licence may take part in the HSBC UK British Cycling Best British Rider competition. The leader of the Best British Rider completion is the first British rider on the general individual time classification. There is no jersey for this classification.

In the event of a tie in the Best British Rider competition the following criteria shall apply: Where two or more riders make the same time in the general individual time, placings obtained in each stage shall be added and, as a last resort, the place obtained in the last stage ridden shall be taken into consideration to decide the order, in accordance with UCI article 2.6.015.

Team Classification

The team classification for the day shall be calculated on the basis of the sum of the three best individual times from each team. In the event of a tie, the teams shall be separated by the sum of the places acquired by their three best-placed riders on the stage. If the teams are still tied, they shall be separated by the placing of their best rider on the stage classification.

The Team General Classification shall be calculated on the basis of the sum of the three best individual times from each team in each stage ridden.

In the event of a tie, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the teams are separated:

  1. The number of first places in the daily team classification
  2. The number of second places in the daily team classification

If there is still a tie, the teams shall be separated by the placing of their best rider in the general individual classification. Any team reduced to fewer than three riders shall be eliminated from the general team classification in accordance with UCI article 2.6.016.

RACE INCIDENTS OCCURRING IN THE FINAL 3KM

In accordance with UCI regulation 2.6.027, the case of a duly noted incident, fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last 3 kilometres of a road race stage, the rider(s) involved shall be credited with the time of the rider(s) in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident.

Her or their placing shall be determined by the order in which she or they actually cross the finishing line. If, as a result of the duly noted incident in the last 3 kilometres, a rider cannot cross the finishing line, she shall be placed last in the stage and credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company she was riding at the time of the accident.

TIME LIMIT

A finishing time limit of 15% will apply to all stages. The Commissaires’ Panel, in agreement with the organiser, may in exceptional circumstances only increase the time limit in accordance with UCI Article 2.6.032.

PENALTIES

The UCI penalty scale will apply.

ALTERATIONS

If it is necessary to alter any arrangements for the race, the Commissaire President, and the Race Director will take these decisions.

JERSEYS

The ranking of the race classification jerseys are as follows:

  1. The General Classification Leader
  2. The Sigma Sports Points Classification
  3. The ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains Classification
  4. The Eisberg Sprints Classification

Classification jerseys presented must be worn for the following stage. Where a rider holds more than one jersey at the same time, the jersey to be worn shall be that with the highest ranking as indicated above and the lesser jersey shall be worn by the second placed rider in the classification, and so on.

DISCIPLINE

Any rider failing to attend the daily start or finish protocol ceremonies (except with good reason and recognised by the Commissaires) will incur a penalty. The management reserves the right to dismiss persons from the race for the following reasons:

  • Improper behaviour
  • Acts of violence
  • Serious breaches of the regulations
  • Fraud at customs or other criminal behaviour

All personnel are reminded that it is unlawful and an offence against public decency in the United Kingdom to urinate in public places such as the start area, in towns, villages or near occupied parking areas. Firm action will be taken against personnel offending against this regulation.

RACE REGULATIONS

Riders, team managers and all other participants must be familiar with and abide by these regulations and those of the UCI and British Cycling. By taking part in the AJ Bell Women’s Tour all personnel are considered to accept the regulations in full and to bear sole responsibility for any injury, accident or loss that may occur.

CIRCUIT FINISHES

Special regulations will apply for the circuit finishes on Stages One and Five. These will be informed at the Team Managers meeting.

INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

The starting order for the Stage 3 Individual Time Trial will be the reverse order of the Individual General Classification. The commissaires may modify that order to avoid two riders of the same team riding consecutively.

Riders will start the Individual Time Trial at one-minute intervals, with the exception of the final ten riders who will depart at two-minute intervals. There will be no feeding from cars or the roadside during the Stage 3 Individual Time Trial. As per UCI article 2.2.022 competitors time trial bikes will be weighed and measured on a UCI compliant jig.

GREEN ZONES

Green Zones will be located where practicable after Eisberg Sprint and ŠKODA KoM sections on all road stages with exception to the Stage Three ITT where there will be no Green Zone. Green Zones will be marked in the ETA of the manual and identified by signage at the side of the road and will last for approximately 200m. There will also be additional Green Zones at 20km and 5km to go on every road stage.

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