Sporting stakes / rules
ARTICLE 1. Organisation
The 17th WOMEN’S FLÈCHE WALLONNE is organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) in conjunction with the Royal Cyclist Pesant Club Liégeois (R.C.P.C.L.), under the regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Royal Belgian Cycling League (RLVB). It will take place on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. The WOMEN’S FLÈCHE WALLONNE is part of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup calendar.
ARTICLE 2. Participation
The 17th Women’s FLÈCHE WALLONNE is open to national teams (comprising competitors of the same nationality) and UCI women's teams, in accordance with article 2.1.005 of the UCI regulations.
All the competitors must belong to the Elite category.
The number of cyclists is restricted to a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 4 at the start of the race.
ARTICLE 3. World cup
The 17th Women’s FLÈCHE WALLONNE counts towards the individual classification for the UCI Women’s Road World Cup.
Points are awarded to the first 20 riders as follows: 120 - 100 - 85 - 70 - 60 - 50 - 40 - 35 - 30 - 25 - 20 - 18 - 16 - 14 - 12 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 4 and 2 point (s).
b) 3 intermediary classifications which count towards the best climber classification will award 6, 4 and 2 World Cup points respectively to the 3 best riders.
They will be located at:
- km 63 the summit of the Mur du Huy (1.3 km at a gradient of 9.3%)
- km 116 the summit of the Côte d’Ahin (2.1 km at a gradient of 5.9 %)
- km 127 the Mur du Huy summit finish (1.3 km at a gradient of 9.3%)
c) 6, 4 and 2 World Cup Points will be awarded to the first three participants under 23 years of age of the Women’s Flèche Wallonne stage.
ARTICLE 4. Race headquarters
The race headquarters will be open on Tuesday 22nd April from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm at:
The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) of Huy
Licences will be checked and race jersey numbers and frame number plates will be distributed to licence-holding team managers from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
The presentation of the teams will take place on the podium located at Grand-Place in Huy at 4.30 pm.
The team managers’ meeting, in the presence of members of the Stewards’ Committee, will be held at 6.00 pm at the race headquarters.
ARTICLE 5. Radio-tour
Information about the race will be broadcast using the frequency of 160.10625 MHZ.
ARTICLE 9. Prize money
|PLACES||Prize totals :|
Table of prizes money for the climbs :
For each of the climbs: to the 1st rider : €250,
i.e. €250 X 12 = €3,000
Total amount of prize money for the climbs: €3,000
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY FOR THE WOMEN'S FLECHE WALLONNE: €8,130
ARTICLE 7. Neutral technical support
The neutral technical support service will be provided by the MAVIC Company, using three of their neutral vehicles.
ARTICLE 8. Finishing deadlines
All riders finishing within a time limit exceeding 8 % of the winner's time will not be included in the classification. The Stewards’ Committee may extend finishing deadlines in the event of exceptional circumstances after consultation with the organiser.
ARTICLE 9. Protocol
The leader of the general individual classification of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup as well as the first three riders in the competition must present themselves at the podium for the protocol ceremony.
After the protocol ceremony, the leader of the general individual classification of the World Cup and the winner of the 17th Women’s FLÈCHE WALLONNE as well as the 3 leaders of the other classifications must attend the press conference in the press room together with the race organisers.
ARTICLE 10. Anti-doping tests
Anti-doping tests are carried out under the authority of the UCI and designated officials, in the organisation’s trailer situated near the finish line.
ARTICLE 11. Penalties
The scale of penalties applied is in accordance with the UCI regulations.
ARTICLE 12. The environment
A.S.O. sets up collection areas which are specifically designated to recover waste. Riders must only dispose of their waste, water bottles or any other object in these specially equipped areas.
Riders and followers must behave responsibly with regards to the environment in all circumstances and respect the legal provisions in force.
ARTICLE 13. Objection- exclusion
13.1. A.S.O. considers the preservation of its image, its reputation and that of its event of the utmost consequence.
A.S.O. expressly reserves the right to refuse participation in - or to exclude from - the event, any team or members of a team, whose presence shall seriously blemish the image and/or reputation of A.S.O. and/or the event.
13.2. Furthermore, A.S.O. may exclude from the event any team or any of its members in the following cases:
- a breach of the event's rules, including those concerning the event's internal rules (e.g. the rules concerning accommodation);
- a serious breach of Belgian law;
- acts of vandalism committed in the race or outside the race;
- indecent attire or inappropriate behaviour;
- any other act or deed which is liable to damage the image and/or the reputation of ASO and/or of the event.
13.3. The right of withdrawal or exclusion referred to in sections 13.1 and 13.2 above shall be exercised under the following conditions:
a) A.S.O. will advise the team of its decision in writing, which will be notified by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt or by letter delivered personally with receipt, or by fax or email. This letter must:
- specify whether the disqualification or exclusion is related to the presence of the entire team or the presence of some of its members;
- specify that, in the event that the disqualification or exclusion is linked to the presence of its members, the team, in its capacity as an employer, will withdraw the member (s) concerned and the associated personnel from the event or, alternatively, waive any right to participation of the entire team to the event;
- state the grounds on which it is based;
- mention that to challenge this decision, the team will have a period of 24 (twenty four) hours from receipt of the letter of disqualification or exclusion to refer the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") in Lausanne. Failing that, the team will be deemed to have accepted the disqualification or exclusion.
b) If the team refers the matter to the CAS, the latter will immediately appoint a single arbitrator under the expedited procedure under the Rules of Procedure of the CAS. After calling each party to evaluate its case, the arbitrator will decide within the time limits imposed, whether to reject or exclude the entire team or one or some of its members.
The language of arbitration shall be French.
The arbitrator shall resolve the dispute in accordance with French law.
The arbitral decision shall be final and binding.
ARTICLE 14. Image rights
In order to enable the promotion of the Women’s Flèche Wallonne, each team, and therefore each rider within the teams, acknowledges that participation in the competition grants the organiser and its beneficiaries or legal representatives to reproduce and display, without any compensation whatsoever, his name, voice, picture, biography and more generally his sports performance within the framework of the Women’s Flèche Wallonne as well as the brand (s) of his equipment manufacturers and sponsors, in any form and on any material existing or in future, in any format, for any communication in the public domain throughout the world, for any purpose including promotional and / or commercial use without any limitations, and for the duration of the protection currently given to any territory by the laws or regulations, judicial decisions and / or arbitration of any country, and international conventions either existing or in the future, including any extensions that may be made to this duration.
However, when the organiser authorizes third parties to use pictures of the event for advertising or promotional purposes, it will not allow the latter to use the name, voice, image, biography or performance sports of a rider or team nor the brand of their sponsors or equipment with a view to a direct or an indirect association between the rider, the brand of his sponsors or equipment manufacturer and the product, the service, the brand or trade name of the said third party, without the express permission of the rider, sponsor or supplier concerned.
Similarly, with the exception of books, photo books, comics, any form of publishing, video cassettes, CD-ROMs, DVDs or more generally any video recordings or video on any medium and format whatsoever, that may become the subject, in whole or part of the Women’s Flèche Wallonne, posters, bills, log books, autograph books, maps and official programmes for the Women’s Flèche Wallonne, the organiser will not use and will not allow the utilization of the individual image of a rider within the framework of the marketing of tie-in merchandising.
The present regulations are written in French and shall prevail in the event of difficulty in interpreting its terms in another language.
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