Regulations

*Please note that these Regulations have been originally drafted in French, which will be the authentic language in the event of difficulty in the interpretation of its terms.*

 

Article 1 – Organization

The 1st edition of the “Tour de l’Espoir” race is organized by Vivendi Sports, with technical support from Alpes Vélo, under the aegis of the Cameroon Cycling Federation (CCF) and in accordance with the International Cycling Union (UCI) Regulations. The Tour de l’Espoir will take place between January 31 and February 4, 2018, and will comprise 4 road race stages and 1 rest day.

 

Article 2 – Type of event and points for UCI Classifications

The event is reserved for riders aged between 19 and 22 years, is part of the Under 23 years MU 2.2 class of the UCI Nations Cup, and is included in the UCI Africa Tour Calendar.

The Tour de l’Espoir awards the following points in the UCI Nations Cup classification, to the first 20 riders in the final individual general time classification: 30 – 25 – 20 – 17 – 16 – 15 – 14 – 13 – 12 – 11 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 point(s).

At each stage: 3 – 2 – 1 point(s) to the first 3 riders.

For the UCI Nations Cup classification, only the first rider from each nation scores points by reference to his actual place in the event.

The Tour de l’Espoir also awards the following points in the UCI World Classification, to the first 10 riders in the final individual general classification: 70 – 55 – 40 – 30 – 25 – 20 – 15– 10 – 5 – 3 point(s).

At each stage: 12 – 8 – 4 point(s) to the first 3 riders and 1 point to the wearer of the leader’s jersey (individual general time classification) for the event.

 

Article 3 – Participation

In accordance with the UCI Regulations, the event is open to:

  • national teams (one team per nation);
  • mixed teams.

Each team comprises 6 riders aged between 19 and a maximum of 22 years in the year.

No team can start with less than 4 riders.

 

Article 4 – The race headquarters

The race headquarters is at:

Canal Olympia Bessengué
Near Boulevard de la Réunification
Douala
See on a map

 

Article 5 – Confirmation of starters and meeting of sporting directors

Team representatives will confirm starters and collect race numbers at the race headquarters between 3 p.m. and 4.45 p.m. on January 30, 2018.

The meeting of sporting directors will take place at the race headquarters at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, and will be attended by the race commissaires.

 

Article 6 – Safety meeting with the riders

In addition to the work carried out by the management of the teams, the UCI and the organizer wish to have a meeting with the riders to provide them with certain information and to remind them of the rules relating to vehicular traffic, their conduct during the race and the dangers of the route.

This meeting will take place at the race headquarters between 5.45 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30.

All riders and their sporting directors must attend this meeting.

 

Article 7 – Presentation of the teams and signing on at the start

The teams will be presented on Wednesday, January 31, before the start of the 1st stage.

Before that date, the organization will issue a communiqué to the teams giving the order and timing of the teams’ start.

For the other 3 stages, the teams must sign on as a full team and in competition gear no later than 10 minutes before the start of the stage.

 

Article 8 – Radio-Tour

Race information will be provided on the “Radio-Tour” frequency, which is 157.57.50 MHz.

 

Article 9 – Neutral technical assistance

A neutral technical assistance service will be provided by 3 vehicles.

 

Article 10 – Bonuses

Time bonuses will be awarded at each stage :

  • Intermediate sprint : 3-2-1 seconds to the 3 first riders
  • Finish : 10-6-4 seconds to the 3 first riders

 

Article 11 – Elimination time limits

The finishing time limits have been set as follows, on the basis of the characteristics of the stages:

1st stage: Douala 20%
2nd stage: Idenau 20%
3rd stage: Yaoundé 25%
4th stage: Akono 20%

In accordance with Article 2.6.032 of the UCI Regulations, the race commissaires can extend the finishing time limits after consultation with the organizer.

 

Article 12 – Individual general time classification – Yellow Jersey

The individual general time classification will be based on the addition of the time recorded by each rider over the 4 stages, taking into account bonuses in accordance with Article 2.6.014 of the UCI Regulations and penalties in accordance with Article 12.1.021 of the UCI Regulations.

In accordance with Article 2.6.015, in the event of a tie following the individual general time classification, and in order to decide the order of the riders, the places obtained in each stage will be added together, as well as, in the last resort, the place obtained in the last stage raced.

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

 

Article 13 – Individual general points classification – Green Jersey

The riders will be classified by points by the addition of the points obtained in each of the 4 stages, as well as in the intermediate sprints, in accordance with Article 2.6.017 of the UCI Regulations.

In each stage, the points allocated will be as follows:

  • from the 1st to the 20th placed rider: 25 – 22 – 20 – 18 – 16 – 15 – 14 – 13 – 12 – 11 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7– 6 –5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 point(s).

In each intermediate sprint: 10 – 6 – 4 point(s) will be allocated to the first 3 placed riders.

In the event of a tie in the final general classification, the following criteria will be applied until the winner is determined:

  1. the number of stage wins
  2. the number of intermediate sprint wins
  3. the individual general time classification

The leader of the points classification will wear a green jersey.

 

Article 14 – Individual general classification of the best climber – White jersey with red dots

A general individual classification of the best climber will be based on the addition of the points obtained on the climbs registered for that classification, using the following scales:

  • 3rd category climbs: 5 – 3 – 2 – 1 point(s), respectively to the 1st to 4th placed rider;
  • 4th category climbs: 3 – 2 – 1 point(s), respectively to the 1st to 3rd placed rider.

In accordance with Article 2.6.017 of the UCI Regulations, in the event of a tie in the individual general classification of the best climber, the following criteria will be applied until the winner is determined:

  1. the number of first places in the 3rd category climbs;
  2. the number of first places in the 4th category climbs;
  3. the individual general time classification.

In order to win prizes in the final general classification, every competitor must have completed the whole of the race route within the regulatory time limits.

The leader of the best climber classification will wear a white jersey with red dots.

 

Article 15 – Combativity Prize

The combativity prize is awarded to the rider making the most effort and showing the best sporting spirit.

This prize, which applies to the road race stages, is awarded by a jury chaired by the race director.

A Super-Combative rider is named by the members of the jury at the end of the Tour de l’Espoir.

 

Article 16 – General team classification

In accordance with Article 2.6.016 of the UCI Regulations, the day’s team classification is based on the addition of the three best individual times of each team.

In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be applied until the winner is determined:

  1. addition of the places obtained by the first three riders of each team in the stage concerned;
  2. the place of the best rider of each team in the classification for the stage concerned.

The general team classification is based on the addition of the best three individual times of each team in all the stages.

In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be applied until the winner is determined:

  1. the number of first places in the team classification for the day;
  2. the number of second places in the team classification for the day, etc.

 

If there is still a tie, the winning team will be determined by the place of the best rider in the individual general classification.

Any team reduced to less than three riders will be eliminated from the team classification.

 

Article 17 – Doping control

Vivendi Sports and each of the participating teams regard it as an absolute necessity to scrupulously observe the rules and recommendations laid down by the competent anti-doping bodies and the obligation to behave completely irreproachably in this respect.

The participating teams undertake to apply those rules and recommendations and will be entirely responsible for full compliance by their riders and more generally by all their employees and service providers.

Doping control will be carried out by the designated officials, under the authority of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), at the end of each stage and in the premises designated for that purpose:

Wednesday, 31st January
Hôtel-Résidence la Falaise, 503 Boulevard de la Liberté, Akwa-Douala, Cameroon

Thursday, 1st February
Hôtel-Résidence la Falaise, 503 Boulevard de la Liberté, Akwa-Douala, Cameroon

Saturday, 3rd February
Hotel Hilton, Boulevard du 20 mai, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Sunday, 4th February 
Hotel Hilton, Boulevard du 20 mai, Yaoundé, Cameroon

 

Article 18 – Race protocol

At the end of each stage, the following must attend the race protocol:

  • the winner of the day’s stage;
  • the leader of the individual general time classification;
  • the leader of the general points classification;
  • the leader of the best climber general classification;
  • the rider selected as the “most combative” of the day.

The following must attend the race protocol at the start of each stage:

  • the leading team in the general team classification.

At the end of the last stage in Yaoundé, the following riders must attend the final race protocol:

  • the winner of the day’s stage;
  • the first 3 riders of the individual general time classification;
  • the leader of the general points classification;
  • the leader of the best climber general classification;
  • the rider selected as the “most combative” of the day’s stage;
  • the rider selected as the “super-combative” rider of the Tour de l’Espoir;
  • the leading team in the general team classification;
  • the leading team in the general classification of the Nations Cup.

 

Article 19 – Penalties

Penalties will comply with the UCI Regulations.

 

Article 20 – Objections and exclusions

19.1 – Vivendi Sports considers it essential to preserve its image and reputation, and those of the race.

Vivendi Sports expressly reserves the right to refuse to allow a team or any of its members to participate in the race, or to exclude them from the race, if their presence might be detrimental to the image and/or reputation of the race.

19.2 – In addition, Vivendi Sports may object to the presence of a team of any of its members in the race, or exclude them from the race, in the following cases:

  • breaches of the race rules, including those concerning internal race discipline (rules concerning accommodation or the lending of vehicles, for example);
  • serious breaches of Cameroonian law;
  • acts of vandalism carried out during the race or elsewhere;
  • indecent dress or inappropriate behavior;
  • any other action or matter likely to be detrimental to the image and/or reputation of the race.

19.3 – The right to object or exclude referred to in Articles 19.1 and 19.2 above will be exercised in the following way:

  1. a) Vivendi Sports will inform the team of its decision in writing, served by registered letter, by hand-delivered and receipted letter, by fax or by e-mail.

This letter must:

  • specify whether the objection or exclusion applies to the presence of the whole team or to that of certain of its members, who shall be named;
  • specify that, in the event that the objection or exclusion applies to the presence of that named member or those named members of the team, the team must, in its capacity as employer, withdraw that member or those members from its race line-up, or, failing that, automatically withdraw the whole team from participation in the race;
  • state the reasons on which it is based;
  • mention that the team will have a period of 24 (twenty-four) hours in which to challenge the decision, with effect from receipt of the letter of objection or exclusion, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) in Lausanne; that failing that, the team will be deemed to have definitively accepted the objection or exclusion.
  1. b) If the team appeals to the CAS, the CAS will immediately appoint a single arbitrator in the context of the expedited procedure pursuant to the procedural rules of the CAS. After having called upon each party to make its submissions, the arbitrator shall, within the time limits dictated by the urgency of the matter, decide whether the whole team or one or more of its members should be subject to the objection or exclusion.

The language of the arbitration will be French.

The arbitrator will decide the dispute in accordance with the rules of Swiss law.

The arbitration award will not be subject to any appeal.

 

Article 21 – Image rights

In order to allow the Tour de l’Espoir to be broadcast and promoted as widely as possible, each team, and consequently each of the riders comprising each team, acknowledges that its participation in the race allows the organizer and its rights-holders or successors, without the payment of any fee, to reproduce and represent their names, voices, image, biography, and more generally their sporting performance in the context of the Tour de l’Espoir, as well as the brand(s) of their equipment manufacturers and sponsors, in any form, on any medium, whether existing or future, in any format, for any communication to the public throughout the world, for any use including for advertising and/or commercial purposes, without any limitation other than those referred to below, and throughout the period of protection currently provided for such exploitation by the legislative and regulatory provisions or the court and/or arbitration decisions of any countries, and by any current or future international conventions, including any extensions that might be made to that period of protection.

However, when authorizing a third party to use images from the race for advertising or promotional purposes, the organizer will not allow that third party to use the name, voice, image, biography or sporting performance of a rider or the brand of his sponsor or equipment manufacturer for the purposes of directly or indirectly associating that rider, the brand of his sponsor or his equipment manufacturer with the product, service, brand or trading name of the said third party, without the express authorization of the rider, sponsor or equipment manufacturer concerned.

Similarly, with the exception of books, photo books, cartoons, in any form of publication, or videocassettes, CD-ROMs, DVDs or more generally any videograms or videodiscs, on any medium and in any format whatever, the subject of which relates in whole or in part to the Tour de l’Espoir, or posters, notices, route maps, autograph books, maps or official programs relating to the Tour de l’Espoir, the organizer will not exploit and will not authorize the exploitation of the individual image of a rider in the context of the marketing of derivative so-called merchandising products.

 

Article 22 – Interpretation of the Regulations

These Special Regulations have been drafted in French, which will be the authentic language in the event of difficulty in the interpretation of its terms in another language.

Teams contact:
Ms. Olivia Jaquet
ALPES VÉLO
16 rue Bernard Moutardier, 74500 Evian-les-Bains,
France
olivia.jaquet@tourdelavenir.com
Tel. +41 76 776 03 64

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