Since this season, the team no longer has eight, but seven riders during races. That was decided by the UCI last year to the safety in the peloton to increase. Sebastian Langeveld after Paris-Nice, satisfied with the change. “The less riders, the harder to control the race,” he said on the Dutch public broadcaster NOS.
This season, there are up to 176 riders instead of 198 admitted in the peloton. Sebastian Langeveld is satisfied with the smaller teams in the peloton. The rider of EF Education First-Drapac says that the price, therefore, more exciting. “The less riders, the harder to control the race,” he said after Paris-Nice on the NOS.
The Dutchman finished 57th in the French stage race and noticed a difference . “In the peloton, you will notice that the teams need to think about how and when their riders bet. It is also better for security, especially when you, for example, with the whole team together.”
“I think we could even go to six man”
Langeveld wants, even to have less riders per team. “I think we could go to six-man. It’s been a few years in the Tour of England. Then you get great koerssituaties. Sprintersploegen have to check, but also their sprints should remain intact, with six of the man is that much more difficult. That is both for the viewer as for the attacking rider is interesting,” says the Dutchman to the NIS.
In the three big tours, Giro, Tour and Vuelta, there are the teams from eight instead of nine riders. For the effect of this is waiting for the Tour of Italy, which start on may 4, 2018.