Sporting stakes / rules

ARTICLE 1. Organisation

The WORLD PORTS CLASSIC is organised by RWC Ahoy, Creative Sponsoring (CS) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) under the regulations of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie (KNWU).
It runs from Friday, August 30 to Saturday, August 31, 2013 and includes 2 stages.

ARTICLE 2. TYPE OF RACE

This event is reserved for riders in the Elite Men category. It is a Class 1 event registered on the European continental calendar and awards points as follows, according to article 2.11.014 of the UCI regulations :

  • general individual classification: 80 – 56 – 32 – 24 – 20 – 16 – 12 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 and 3 points to the first 12 riders
  • stage winners: 16 – 11 – 6 – 5 – 4 and 2 points to the first 6 riders
  • the wearer of the leader’s jersey for each stage: 8 points

ARTICLE 3. Participation

In accordance with article 2.1.005 of the UCI regulations, the event is open to:

  • teams in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd divisions
  • 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
Through their involvement and/or participation at the event, all teams hereby accept all the provisions of these special rules and agree to abide by them.

ARTICLE 4. RACE HEADQUARTERS

The race HQ at the start will be open on Thursday, August 29 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm at:
STUURBOORD - Hangar 26 - Rijnkaai 96 - 2000 ANTWERPEN

The collection of numbers by team leaders will take place from 2:30 to 4:45 pm.
The Team Managers’ meeting will be attended by members of the Race Commissaires and take place at 5 pm. at the race HQ

ARTICLE 5. RADIO-TOUR

Race information will be broadcast on frequency 169.425 MHz.

ARTICLE 6. NEUTRAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Neutral technical support will be provided by MAVIC with 3 vehicles.

ARTICLE 7. DEADLINES

According to the characteristics of the stages, finishing deadlines will be the winner’s time plus 12%.

In accordance with article 2.6.032 of the UCI regulations, the deadline may be extended the College of Commissioners, in consultation with the organiser.

ARTICLE 8. BONUSES

In accordance with article 2.6.019 of the UCI regulations, time bonuses (applied only to the general individual classification) are awarded in the stages and intermediate sprints as follows:

  1. at each intermediate sprint: 3''– 2'' – 1''
  2. at the finish of each of the 2 stages: 10'' – 6'' – 4''

ARTICLE 9. GENERAL INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION BY TIME

The general individual classification by time is established by adding up the times recorded for each stage, taking bonuses and penalties into consideration, in accordance with article 2.6.014. of the UCI regulations.

The leader of the general individual time classification will wear a blue jersey.

Place 1st stage 2e stage General classification
1er 3 060 € 3 060 € 4 600 €
2e 1 548 € 1 548 € 2 325 €
3e 760 € 760 € 1 140 €
4e 385 € 385 € 578 €
5e 314 € 314 € 471 €
6e 225 € 225 € 338 €
7e 225 € 225 € 338 €
8e 152 € 152 € 228 €
9e 76 € 76 € 114 €
10e 76 € 76 € 114 €
11e 76 € 76 € 114 €
12e 76 € 76 € 114 €
13e 76 € 76 € 114 €
14e 76 € 76 € 114 €
15e 76 € 76 € 114 €
16e 76 € 76 € 114 €
17e 76 € 76 € 114 €
18e 76 € 76 € 114 €
19e 76 € 76 € 114 €
20e 76 € 76 € 114 €
7 657 € 7 657 € 11 500 €

Total prize for individual general classification:26 814 €

ARTICLE 10. POINTS CLASSIFICATION

A points classification is established by adding together the points obtained in each of the 2 stages as well as the intermediate sprints, in accordance with article 2.6.017. of the UCI regulations.

The following points are attributed at the finish of each stage: 25 – 22 – 20 – 18 – 16 – 15 – 14 – 13 – 12 – 11 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 and 1 points to the first 20 riders

At each intermediate sprint: 3 – 2 and 1 points.

Au sprint intermédiaire de chaque étape : 3 - 2 - 1 points.

The leader of the points classification will wear a green jersey. In the event of a tie in the general individual points classification, the following criteria will 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 classification by time

Prizes awarded for the points classification are as follows:
final general classification:

1er 1 500 €
2e 1 000 €
3e 500 €
soit 3 000 €
Total prize money for the points classification: € 3 000

ARTICLE 11. YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION

Only riders born on or after January 1, 1987 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.
Prizes awarded for the young rider classification are as follows:

1er 1 500 €
2e 1 000 €
3e 500 €
soit 3 000 €
Total prize money for the young rider classification: 3 000 €

ARTICLE 11. TEAM CLASSIFICATION

In accordance with article 2.6.016 of the UCI regulations, the daily team classification is established by adding together the three best individual times of each team. In the event of a tie, the teams will be separated by adding up the places obtained by their three best placed riders on the stage. If the teams are still tied, they will be separated by the place obtained by their best rider in the stage classification.

The team general classification is established by adding up the three best individual times of each team in the two stages. In the event of a tie, the following criteria will 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; and etc
  3. etc.

If the teams are still tied, they will be separated by the place obtained by their best rider in the general individual classification.

Teams reduced to fewer than three riders are eliminated from the general team classification.

Prizes awarded for the team classification are: 2 000 €

ARTICLE 13. PRIZE MONEY

The total amount of prize money for the WORLD PORTS CLASSIC is as follows:

  • general individual classification by time: € 126 814
  • points classification: € 3 000
  • young rider classification: € 3 000
  • team classification: € 2 000

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY: € 34 814

ARTICLE 14. FIGHT AGAINST DOPING - DOPING CONTROL

ASO and all participating teams consider as an absolute necessity strict compliance with rules and recommendations issued by the authorities in the fight against doping and the obligation to observe impeccable conduct in this regard. Participating teams undertake to apply these rules and recommendations and will be fully responsible for the strict compliance by their riders and by all employees and contractors.

Doping control will be carried out under the authority of the UCI by designated officials, upon arrival of each stage in the mobile home of the organisation.

ARTICLE 15. PROTOCOL

The following riders must present themselves at the protocol ceremony at the end of each stage:

  • The stage winner;
  • the leader of the general individual classification by time;
  • the leader of the points classification;
  • The leader of the Young Rider classification;

The following riders must present themselves at the final protocol ceremony:

  • The stage winner;
  • the leader of the general individual classification;
  • the leader of the points classification;
  • The leader of the Young Rider classification;
  • the Top 3 riders in the general individual classification;
  • the 8 riders and the team manager of the winning team in the general classification.

ARTICLE 14. PENALTIES

All penalties are consistent with all UCI regulations.

ARTICLE 17. DISQUALIFICATION - EXCLUSION

17.1. ASO respects the preservation of its image and reputation and that of the contest. ASO reserves the right to refuse participation in – or exclude from - the event, to any team or one of its members, whose presence would be likely to damage the image and / or ASO's reputation and / or event.

17.2. In addition, ASO may disqualify or exclude from any team or one of its members, in the following cases :

  • violation of the rules of the event, including those concerning the internal discipline to the event;
  • serious breach of Belgian law;
  • non-use of the team transportation vehicles provided by the organisation during the transfers;
  • fraud while passing through customs.

17.3 The right of withdrawal or exclusion referred to in sections 17.1 and 17.2 above shall be exercised under the following conditions :

a) ASO will advise the team of there decision in writing, notified by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt or by letter delivered personally with receipt, either by fax or e-mail. This letter should :

  • 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, if the disqualification or exclusion is linked to the presence of its members, the team will, in its capacity as employer, withdraw its staff and associated personnel for 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 enter 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 CAS is contacted by the team, it 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 arbitral decision shall be final and binding.

ARTICLE 18. RIGHT OF PUBLICITY

To enable the optimal promotion of the World Ports Classic, each team, and therefore each rider within the teams, acknowledges that participation in the competition grants the organiser and its successors or assigns cause to reproduce and display, without any compensation whatsoever, their name, voice, picture, biography and more generally its sports performance in World Ports Classic as well as the brand of their equipment and sponsors, in any form on any material existing or in future, in any format, for any communication to the public domain, 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 future, including any extensions that may be made at this time.

However, the organisers, when they allow others to use pictures of the event for advertising or promotional purposes, will not allow others to use the name, voice, image, biography or performance sports of a rider or team or hthe brand of their sponsors or equipment for a direct or indirect association between the rider, the brand of its sponsors or equipment and the product, service mark or trade name of such as 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 that may become the subject, is in whole or part of World Ports Classic, posters, log books, autograph books, maps, official programmes for World Ports Classic, the organiser will not carry and will not allow the exploitation of the individual image of a rider in the commercialisation of products known as merchandise.

ARTICLE 19.

This regulation is written in French and shall prevail in case of difficulty in interpreting its terms in another language.

ARTICLE 20. 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.

Jersey wearers after the stage 2

Classifications after the stage 2

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