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"I don't think a sprint stage should have more points than a mountain stage, a stage is a stage, but there should be more points awarded. You have maybe one one-day sprinters race now in Hamburg."

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23.10.2016 @ 16:18 Posted by Sebastian Mikkelsen

Mark Cavendish is not happy with the points system for the World Tour ranking. He considers it unfair for the sprinters. This year the Briton won four stages in the Tour de France, but his team Dimension Data finished last and faced relegation to pro continental level until an agreement between ASO and UCI was reportedly struck to keep the elite division at 18 teams.

 

Cavendish tells Cyclingnews that stage wins should give more points. 

 

"To win a stage in the Tour is worth like 12th or 15th in the general classification," he said. "But what do you do? Invest in someone who's not going to win a bike race, just sniff around the classification or try to win at the highest level? I know what the sponsors would prefer… Sadly, there's nothing we can do, it's how it is and we will see what will come of it.

 

Cavendish also points out that the World Tour calendar contains few race for sprinters. 

 

"I don't think a sprint stage should have more points than a mountain stage, a stage is a stage, but there should be more points awarded. You have maybe one one-day sprinters race now in Hamburg. Even Ghent-Wevelgem is not a sprinters race. I think it's heavily biased. Like I said, a minor, minor place in a GC is the same as a stage, it doesn't make any sense to me.

 

"Now the teams have to be motivated from the start to get these WorldTour points, otherwise you can be in a situation where you could be related from the WorldTour. It makes you think: Do I get ready for January (and score points) or try to win the World Championships in October. That's a bit odd in my mind."

 

Cavendish recently ended his season on a high with two stage wins at the Abu Dhabi Tour and a silver medal at the Worlds.

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