Sporting stakes / rules
ARTICLE 1. Organisation
The WORLD PORTS CLASSIC is organised by RWC Ahoy, Creative Sponsoring (CS) and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) under the regulations of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie (KNWU).
It runs from Saturday 24 May to Sunday 25 May 2014 and includes 2 stages.
ARTICLE 2. TYPE OF RACE
This event is reserved for riders in the Elite Men category (ME) and Men U23 (MU). 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 Friday 23 May from 2:30 to 6:30 PM at:
Van Zandvlietplein 20
3077 AA Rotterdam
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 169.4250 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:
- at each intermediate sprint: 3''– 2'' – 1''
- 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||Stage 1||Stage 2||General classification|
Total prize money for the general individual 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.
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:
- the number of stage wins
- the number of wins in intermediate sprints
- the general individual classification by time
Prizes awarded for the points classification are as follows:
final general classification:
|i.e. a total of||€3,000|
|Total prize money for the points classification: €3,000|
ARTICLE 11. YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION
Only riders born on or after January 1, 1989 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:
|Final general classification:|
|i.e. a total of||€3,000|
|Total prize money for the young rider classification: €3,000|
ARTICLE 12. 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:
- the number of first places in the daily team classification;
- the number of second places in the daily team classification; and 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: €26,814
- 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
A.S.O. 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 tests will be carried out under the authority of the UCI by designated officials, at the finish 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 best young rider classification.
The following riders must present themselves at the final protocol ceremony:
- the stage winner;
- the winner of the general individual classification;
- the winner of the points classification;
- the winner of the best 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
Penalties are in accordance with the UCI regulations.
ARTICLE 17. DISQUALIFICATION - EXCLUSION
17.1. A.S.O. attaches great importance to the preservation of its image and reputation and those of the race.
A.S.O. reserves the right to refuse participation in - or exclude from - the event, to any team or one of its members, whose presence could tarnish the image and/or reputation of A.S.O. and/or the race.
17.2. In addition, A.S.O., in consultation with the board of commissioners, may disqualify or exclude any team or one of its members from the race in the following cases:
- violation of the rules of the event, including those concerning the race’s internal discipline (e. g. rules concerning accommodation);
- serious breach of Belgian or Dutch law;
- vandalism during or outside of the race;
- indecent dressing or inappropriate behaviour;
- any other act or fact which could tarnish the image and/or reputation of A.S.O. and/or the race.
17.3 The right of disqualification or exclusion referred to in sections 17.1 and 17.2 above will be exercised under the following conditions:
a) A.S.O. will advise the team of its decision in writing, by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt or by letter delivered personally with receipt, either by fax or by e-mail.
This letter will:
- specify whether the disqualification or exclusion is related to the presence of the entire team or the presence of certain member(s) specified by name;
- specify that, if the disqualification or exclusion is linked to the presence of certain member(s) specified by name, the team must, in its capacity as employer, withdraw the member(s) from its personnel for the race or, alternatively, waive any right to participation of the entire team in the race;
- state the grounds on which it is based;
- mention that, to challenge this decision, the team will have a period of twenty-four (24) hours from receipt of the letter of disqualification or exclusion to file an action with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, failing which the team will be deemed to have accepted the disqualification or exclusion for good.
b) If the team has filed an action with it, CAS 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 required by urgency of the situation, whether to disqualify or exclude the entire team or certain member(s).
The language of arbitration shall be French.
The arbitrator shall decide the dispute in accordance with French law.
The arbitrator’s ruling may not be appealed.
ARTICLE 18. RIGHT OF PUBLICITY
To enable an optimal and widespread 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 the World Ports Classic as well as the brand(s) 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/r commercial use without any limitations except those specified below, and this for the duration of the protection currently given to any territory by the laws or regulations, judicial and or/arbitral decisions of any country, or existing or future international conventions, including any extensions that may be made to said duration.
However, the organisers, when allowing third parties 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, nor the 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 said third party without the express consent 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 the World Ports Classic, posters, log books, autograph books, maps, official programmes for the 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 derivative products known as merchandise.
This regulation is written in French and this language version will prevail in the event 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
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