Rules And Regulations

Article 1. Organization

Tour of Sharjah is organized by Sharjah Sport Council, Address: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Article 2. Type of Event

Tour of Sharjah is an international stage race, organized according to UCI rules and classified as a UCI 2.1 Men elite event in the Asian Tour. Riders and all cars in the convoy must follow the instructions of Police, race‐marshals and respect the UAE traffic rules. All roads are open for normal traffic but the Police will organize a rolling closure of each stage. As per UCI article 2.10.008, UCI points are awarded as follows for the UCI rankings:

  • • The first 15 finishers in the final General Classification by Time : 125, 85, 70, 60, 50, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 5 points
  • • Place 16 to 25 in the final General Classification by time : 3 points each
  • • The first 3 finishers on each stage : 14, 5 and 3 points
  • • Daily leader of the General Classification by time : 3 points

Article 3. Participation

The competing teams must be of the following kind: UCI World Teams (maximum 50%), UCI Professional Continental teams, continental teams and national team (according to the UCI article 2.1.005). As per article 2.2.003 of the UCI regulations, teams must be formed of minimum 4 and maximum 6 riders.

Article 4. Race Headquarter

Before the race, the race headquarters will be open Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 16.00 ‐ 19.00 and located at the following address: Hotel Holiday International ‐ Sharjah. Team representatives are requested to confirm their starters and collect their race numbers and time transponders at the race headquarter from 16.00 hrs to 18.00 on the January 23, 2018. The team managers’ meeting, organized in accordance with article 1.2.087 of the UCI regulations, in the presence of the Members of the Commissaires’ Panel, is scheduled for 18.30 on 23th of January 2018 at the same address.

Article 5. Radio‐Tour

Radio tour will be broadcasted in English and Arabic. The frequency will be given at the team manager meeting.

Article 6. Neutral Technical Support

The neutral support is taken care of by 2 cars.

Article 7. Race Incidents Occurring in the Last 3 Kilometers

In the case of a duly noted fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last 3 kilometers of a road race stage, the rider(s) involved shall be credited with the time of the rider(s) in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident. His or their placing shall be determined by the order in which he or they actually cross the finishing line. If, as the result of a duly noted in the last 3 kilometers a rider cannot cross the finishing line, he shall be placed last in the stage and credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company he was riding at the time of the accident. Stage 1 is an Individual Time Trial, and article 7 will not apply to this stage (According to UCI art. 2.6.027).

Article 8. Finishing Time Limits

A finishing time limit of 25% will apply for stage 1
A finishing time limit of 10% will apply for stage 2 and 4
A finishing time limit of 15% will apply for stage 3
The Commissaires’ Panel, in agreement with the organizer, may in exceptional circumstances increase the time limit in accordance with UCI art 2.6.032.

Article 9. Individual Time Trial (Stage 1)

Only standard bikes, with traditional wheels and without time trial handlebar will be allowed for the Individual Time Trial. Riders must present 15 minutes before their start. For the start, riders will be held by the organization’s staff. Start order is determined by the team manager at the meeting. Starts will be given with a gap of 1 minutes.

Article 10. Classifications ‐ Time Bonuses

The following classification(s) will be issued:

- Individual Classification by Time (Yellow jersey)
The winner of Tour of Sharjah is the rider who, after completed all 4 stages have the lowest accumulated time, including bonuses and penalties (if any). (Ref. UCI Reg. Part 12). The yellow jersey shall be worn by the current leader by time. Where two or more riders make the same time in the general individual placing, the placing will be set according to UCI regulations 2.6.015.

- General Individual classification by points (Green jersey)
The general individual classification by points is decided by adding the points awarded at each intermediate sprint and stage finish.
There are 2 sprints on every stage (Except ITT).
Points will be awarded as follows at the intermediates sprints:
• 1st 3 points/3 second time bonus applicable to the General Individual Classification
• 2nd 2 points/2 second time bonus applicable to the General Individual Classification
• 3rd 1 points/1 second time bonus applicable to the General Individual Classification
Points will be awarded as follows at each stage finish:
25, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1 points for stage 2, 3 and 4
15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1 points for stage 1
The rider with highest number of points and who completes the whole race is the winner of the Points classification. In the event of a tie in the point classification, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the riders are separated.
1. Number of stage wins
2. Number of wins in intermediate sprints counting for the general classification by points
3. General individual classification by time.
MARKING/SIGN:
The sprint is marked with green signs at 1km, 500m and at the line.

- Mountains classification (Red jersey)
The Mountains classification is decided by adding the points awarded on each of the Mountains sprints.
Points will be awarded as follows :
Category 1 mountains points : 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 & 1 points
Category 2 mountains points : 6, 4, 2 & 1 point
Category 3 mountains points : 4, 2 & 1
The rider with highest number of points and who completes the whole race is the winner of the Mountains classification. In the event of a tie in the Mountains classification, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the riders are separated:
1. Number of first places in the highest category climbs
2. Number of first places on climbs in the next inferior category and so on
3. General individual classification by time
MARKING/SIGN:
The Mountains points are marked with red signs at 1km and 500m in addition to the line.
The leader of this competition shall wear the red jersey during the race.

- Young rider classification (White jersey)
Young rider classification is open for riders born January 1, 1996 or later. The winner is the rider who, after completed all 5 stages has the lowest accumulated time, including bonuses and penalties. The leader of this competition shall wear the white jersey during the race.
- Team classification
The team classification for the day shall be calculated on the basis of the sum of the three best individual times from each team. In the event of a tie, the teams shall be separated by the sum of the places acquired by their three best‐placed riders on the stage. If the teams are still tied, they shall be separated by the placing of their best rider on the stage classification.
The team general classification shall be calculated on the basis of the sum of the three best individual times from each team in each stage ridden. In the event of a tie, the following criteria shall be applied in order until the teams are separated:
1. number of first places in the daily team classifications ;
2. number of second places in the daily team classifications ; etc.
If there still is a tie, the teams shall be separated by the placing of their best rider in the general individual classification. Any team reduced to fewer than three riders shall be eliminated from the general team classification.
- Time Bonuses
Time bonuses, applicable only to Individual General Classification by Time will be awarded on each stage (except Team Time Trial) as follows:
• Stage finishes: 10, 6 & 4 seconds awarded to the first three finishers for stage 2, 3 and 4
• Sprints (intermediate): 3, 2 & 1 second to first 3 riders respectively

Article 11. Prizes

The following prizes are awarded: See in the race manual in the specific chapter. A grand total of € 57.660 will be awarded in prize money at the event.

Article 12. Anti‐Doping

The UCI antidoping regulations are entirely applicable to the event. Moreover, and in conformity with UAE valid respective regulations, the UAE anti‐doping legislation is applicable in addition to the UCI anti‐doping regulations. The anti‐doping tests will take place at the Anti‐Doping Unit that will be located adjacent to the finish of each stage daily.

Article 13. Awards Ceremony

In the finish area immediately after the finish of every stage :
Winner of each stage.
Distribution of the yellow jersey to the leading rider in the individual classification.
Distribution of the green jersey, the red jersey, the white jersey.
Concerning stage 1 (Individual Time Trial), first rider in stage classification gets Yellow jersey, 2nd rider the green jersey, 3rd the red jersey. White jersey will be presented for the first young in general classification.

In the finish area immediately after the finish of the last stage :
Winner of the last stage.
Riders finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the individual general classification.
The winner of the Mountains classifications.
The winner of the Individual classification by points.
The winner of the young rider classification.
The winner of the team classification.
Stage Winners and Race Leader may be asked to briefly attend a press conference after each stage. This also applies for the top 3 riders of the general classification after the last stage. Riders must also attend the jersey signing after the ceremony.

Article 14. Sign On

All riders must sign on the protocol before every stage. The protocol is posted 40min before start, and will be removed 10 minutes before start. By signing on the start protocol the rider confirms that he has read and understood the race regulations and the route of the stage. 10 minutes before the start of each stage, the leaders in all classifications are required to attend a presentation arranged by the organization at the start line (in front of the rest of the riders).

Article 15. Penalties

The UCI penalty scale is the only one applicable.

Article 16. Riders abandoning the race

A rider who abandons the race shall immediately remove their race‐numbers and deliver these to a commissaire or the "broom wagon". A rider who has abandoned the race may not compete in any other cycling events for the duration of Tour of Sharjah (art. UCI 2.6.025).

Article 17. Team Cars

All the vehicles driving in the convoy are restricted to a maximum height of 1.66 m (art. 2.2.032). Only one vehicle per team will be permitted to circulate at race level. Team cars shall be driven by sport directors, holders of appropriate license, who shall be responsible for the vehicle (UCI art. 2.2.035).

Article 18. Alterations

If it is necessary to alter any arrangements for the race, the President of the Commissaires panel, and the Race Direction will take these decisions.

Article 19. The environment

The organizer sets up collection areas, which are specifically designated to recover waste. These waste zones are placed before and after the feeding zones, and 20 km before the finish. 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 20. Feeding

All static feeding must take place on the right side of the road (UCI art. 2.3.026).
Feeding from the team car is allowed between 50 km after start and until 20 km before finish. Due to atmospheric conditions etc., the Commissaires may reduce the distance before feeding commences from the team cars, furthermore, they may also extend the distance before feeding closes. Such a decision will be communicated to interested parties in advance of the race.
Feeding zones are listed at the route description and maps.

Article 21. Jerseys

The ranking of the Race Classification Jerseys are as follows:
• Individual General Classification
• General Individual classification by points
• General Individual Mountains Classification
• General Individual Youngs Classification
Presented race classification Jerseys must be worn during the following stage. In case a rider holds more than one jersey at the same time, the jersey to be worn shall be that with the highest ranking as indicated above and the lesser jersey shall be worn by the second‐placed rider in the classification, and so on.
The rider who carries one of the race jerseys can put on advertising for his team’s principal partner(s) at the white rectangle at the front and back (UCI art. 1.3.053).
The organizer will print these sponsors at the jerseys.

Article 22. Race numbers and transponders

Each rider has to put on two body numbers and one bike number at every stage. It is strictly forbidden to fold, cut or mutilate the race numbers in any way. Information about time transponders will be given at the permanence before team meeting when picking up the race numbers.
The time transponders must be returned in finish line after finishing last stage.

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