Sporting stakes / rules

ARTICLE 1. Organisation

The 2014 TOUR OF QATAR, 13th edition, is organised by the Qatar Cycling Federation with technical and sports-related assistance from Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) under the regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI). It will take place from Sunday 9th to Friday 14th February 2014 and will comprise 5 straight stages and a time trial.

ARTICLE 2. Type d'épreuve

This event is reserved for riders in the Elite Men’s category. It is an Hors-Class event registered on the Asia Tour calendar, and awards points as follows, according to article 2.11.014 of the UCI regulations:
- the general individual classification: 100 – 70 – 40 – 30 – 25 – 20 – 15 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 and 3 points to the first 15 riders;
- stage winners: 20 – 14 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 and 2 points to the first 8 riders;
- to the wearer of the leader’s jersey for each stage: 10 points.

ARTICLE 3. Participation

In accordance with article 2.1.005 of the UCI regulations, the event is open to:
- UCI Pro Teams
- UCI Professional Continental teams
- UCI Continental teams
- national teams.
In accordance with article 2.2.003 of the UCI regulations, the number of cyclists per team is restricted to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8.

ARTICLE 4. Race headquarters

The race headquarters will be open on Saturday 8th February 2014 from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha.
Licence-holding team managers will be able to collect race numbers from 2.30 pm to 4.45 pm.
The team managers’ meeting, held pursuant to article 1.2.087 of the UCI regulations, in the presence of members of the Stewards’ Committee, will be held on Saturday 8th February at 5.00 pm at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha.

ARTICLE 5. Radio-Tour

Information on the race will be broadcast on “Radio-Tour”, using the frequency of 162.150 MHZ.

ARTICLE 6. Neutral technical support

Neutral technical support is provided by Mavic, with 3 vehicles.

ARTICLE 7. Elimination Times

In each straight stage, there is a finishing deadline that will be increased by 10% in relation to the winner’s time.
For the team time-trial, a finishing deadline will be established based on the best team’s time increased by 30%.
Any exceptional situations may be settled by the Stewards’ Committee after consultation with the race management.

ARTICLE 8. Time-trial

The stage will take place according to Chapter V of the UCI regulations, "Time trials”.
Only equipment that complies with the rules of a mass-start road race will be authorized.
Riders will start 1’ by 1’ in reverse order of the general team classifi cation established at the end of the 2nd stage.
However, the jury of race marshals can modify this order in order to avoid that two riders from a same team follow each other.
Once the 1st rider has set off, training is forbidden on the route.

ARTICLE 9. Bonuses

Time bonuses, applied only to the general individual classification, are awarded for all the straight stages according to article 2.6.019 of the UCI regulations.
They concern intermediate sprints and stage finishes, and are awarded as follows:
- 1. 3’’, 2’’ and 1’’ will be awarded to the first 3 riders in intermediate sprints;
- 2. 10’’, 6’’ and 4’’ will be awarded to the first 3 riders at stage finishes.

ARTICLE 10. General Individual Time Classification

The general individual time classification is established by adding together the times recorded for each stage, taking bonuses and penalties into consideration, in accordance with article 2.6.014. of the UCI regulations.
In the event of a tie, the places achieved for each stage are added up and, as a last resort, the place obtained in the final stage is counted.
The leader of the general individual time classification will wear a gold jersey.
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY FOR THE GENERAL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION: €30,000

ARTICLE 11. Points classification

A points classification is established by adding together the points obtained in each of the straight stages as well as the intermediate sprints according to article 2.6.017 of the UCI regulations.
Points for the 2 intermediate sprints in each straight stage will be awarded as follows: 3 – 2 and 1 point (s) to the first 3 riders.
At the finish of the stages:
15 – 12 – 9 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 and 1 point (s) to the first 10 riders.
The leader of the points classification will wear a silver 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 number of wins in intermediate sprints;
- 3. the general individual time classification.
To be entitled to final general classification prize money, competitors have to complete the entire race within the official time limit.
Prize money awarded for the points classification is as follows:
final general classification:
1st 1 500 €
2nd 1 200 €
3th 1 000 €
4th 800 €
5th 600 €
TOTAL : 5 100 €
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY FOR THE POINTS CLASSIFICATION: 5 100 €

ARTICLE 12. Young rider classification

Only riders born on or after 1st January 1988 may take part in the young rider classification.
The leader of the young rider classification is the first young rider in the general individual classification. He will wear a white jersey.
Prize money awarded for the young rider classification is as follows:
1st 1 500 €
2nd 1 200 €
3th 1 000 €
4th 800 €
5th 600 €
TOTAL : 5 100 €
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY FOR THE YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION: 5 100 €

ARTICLE 13. Team classification

In accordance with article 2.6.016 of the UCI regulations, the team classification for each straight stage is established by adding together the three best individual times from each team. In the event of a tie, the teams shall be separated by adding together the number of places obtained by their three best placed riders on the stage. If the teams are still tied, they shall be separated by the place obtained by their best rider in the stage classification. The team general classification is established by adding together the three best individual times from each team in the straight stages and the time of the team in the team time-trial. 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 etc. If the teams are still tied, they shall be separated by the place obtained by their best rider in the general individual classification. Any team reduced to fewer than three riders is eliminated from the general team classification. Prize money awarded for the general team classification is as follows: 1st 1 500 €
2nd 1 200 €
3th 1 000 €
4th 800 €
5th 600 €
TOTAL : 5 100 €
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY FOR THE GENERAL TEAM CLASSIFICATION: 5 100 €

ARTICLE 14. Prizes

PLACES Stages General classification
1st €3,615 €11,000
2nd €1,805 €5,500
3th €905 €3,500
4th €455 €2,000
5th €365 €1,300
6th €269 €1,000
7th €269 €850
8th €180 €800
9th €180 €570
10th €92 €320
11th €92 €320
12th €92 €320
13th €92 €320
14th €92 €320
15th €92 €320
16th €92 €320
17th €92 €320
18th €92 €320
19th €92 €320
20th €92 €280
ie per stage €9,055 (x 6)  
Total €54,330 €30,000

The total amount of prize money for the 2014 TOUR OF QATAR is as follows:
- Classification for the stages €54,330
- General individual time classification €30,000
- Points classification €5, 100
- Young rider classification €5, 100
- Team classification €5, 100
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY: €99,630

ARTICLE 15. Anti-doping tests

Doping control is carried out under the authority of the UCI, by the officials appointed, at the finish of each stage in the mobile home of the Qatar Cycling Federation.

ARTICLE 16. Protocol ceremony

After the first four straight stages and the team time-trial, the following riders must present themselves at the protocol ceremony:
- the stage winner or the winning team of the team time-trial on the day of team time-trial;
- the leader of the general individual classification;
- the leader of the points classification;
- the leader of the young rider classification.
After the last stage, the following riders must present themselves at the protocol ceremony:
- the stage winner;
- the 3 best riders of the general individual classification;
- the leader of the points classification;
- the leader of the young rider classification;
- the 8 riders and the team manager of the winning team in the general team classification.
The leader in each classification must wear the corresponding leader jersey.
If a rider is first in several classifications, the order of priority for the wearing of jerseys is as follows:
- the general time classification;
- the general points classification;
- the young rider classification.

ARTICLE 17. Penalties

Penalties are in accordance with the UCI regulations.

Jersey wearers after the stage 6

Classifications after the stage 6

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