UCI making changes in the cycling transfer market: August rule is over and cyclists could be announced year-round

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has made important changes to its transfer regulations. These modifications mark a significant change in how rider contracts and transfers will now be handled. The new rules are designed to more effectively regulate rider movements between teams and provide a clearer framework for rider recruitment.

Journalist Raúl Banqueri has shared the specific details of these modifications. The new regulations introduce several key changes that will affect all professional teams and riders. Among the most relevant adjustments are the elimination of fixed dates for announcing signings and the introduction of sanctions for signings deemed illegal.

We imagine that the UCI wants to avoid situations like those of Cian Uijtdebroeks, Team Visma | Lease a Bike and BORA - hansgrohe as happened last year.

Below are the full details of the new regulations as provided by Raul Banqueri:

  • There will be free dates to sign valid contracts. No more waiting until August 1 to announce next season's signings.
  • A single window is maintained from August 1 to August 15 for team changes during the season.
  • Agreements between teams for the transfer of cyclists under contract are regulated, although transfer payment methods are still prohibited.
  • Penalties are introduced for illegal transfers, if the termination of the rider's previous contract is proven illegal. The rider would be suspended for 3 months and the team at fault would be banned for one season (with the exception of subsidiary or neo-professional riders)".

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