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Okay, it gets pretty involved, and after this season, changed... But here are the basics.

The first digit, either 1.X or 2.X refers to whether the race is one day (1) or a stage race (2). The number to the right of the decimal basically refers to the stature and supposedly corresponding difficulty of the race with 1.HC/2.HC (hors categorie - a French term) being the highest stature followed by 1.1/2.1; 1.2/2.2; 1.3/2.3; 1.5/2.5. These are what are considered professional races. The classifications of 1.4 and 2.4 were eliminated a few years ago. The .6 and lower races are pro-am or amateur races. Women's races will add a second decimal followed by another digit!

The classification of the race also corresponds with the number of UCI points associate with race/stage wins and placements. Also, Grand Tours do not appear on the numeric scale and are simply classed by the UCI at "GT."

For more info, go here:

UCI Rules, Chapter 2

Start with 2.1.001 all the way through 2.1.010
 
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