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PARIS -- Grands Tours organizers have decided to reduce the number of riders at their races in a move aimed at improving safety and increasing competition. Travis Zajac Jersey .The Tour de France, Giro dItalia and Spanish Vuelta organizers said in a joint statement Friday that the number of riders per team will decrease to eight, instead of the nine currently at their three-week races.The decision taken by ASO -- which organizes the Tour de France and Vuelta -- RCS Sport and one-day races organizers Flanders Classics will come into effect for the 2017 season. It will also see a reduction of riders at the other races they organize, with teams reduced to seven riders instead of eight.Following a meeting of the international association of cycling race organizers, they said they want to improve safety by reducing traffic on roads and make it more difficult for a team to dominate a race. The numbers of teams per race will remain unchanged.The organizers believe that reducing the number of riders will help open up the races so that they are less controlled. Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froomes Sky Team has been the dominant team in the peloton recently, locking down the race in the mountains and reducing suspense at cyclings biggest race.This decision responds to two-pronged objective: the first being to improve the safety conditions for the riders with a smaller peloton on roads equipped with more and more street furniture, the organizers said in their statement. The second, which is a fortunate consequence of the first, is to make it more difficult to dominate a race as well as enhance conditions for events to offer better racing for cycling fans. Scott Stevens Jersey . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? 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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are hoping to have cornerback Sean Smith back in the lineup for Mondays game in Mexico City against the Houston Texans.Smith made it through a third consecutive day of practice Saturday and continues to wear a protective sling on his left shoulder while being listed as questionable on the teams medical report.Coach Jack Del Rio, who rarely discusses injuries in detail, declined to say whether Smith would play but sounded optimistic.Our guys that are questionable, we had about six of them, Im hoping they can all play, Del Rio said. Well just see how it goes.That list includes wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Latavius Murray, along with offensive linemen Rodney Hudson and Kelechi Osemele. All four have been limited in practice this week.Defensive tackle Stacy McGee, who is nursing an ankle injury, joins Smith as the only defensive players on the injury list.Smith has not played since suffering a shoulder injury on the second play of the game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 30. Although the injury wasnt serious, Smith -- one of the Raiders top free-agent acquisitions after signing a $38 million, four-year deal -- was held out of Oaklands Week 9 win over Denver.With the Raiders on a bye last week, Smith will have had three weeks of rest by the time of Monday nights kickoff.When you talk about bye week, midseason is always ideal for any football team, Smith said. Adidas Pavel Zacha Jersey. Halfway to take a break and now we can knock out the other half.Smith rejoins a secondary that struggled early in the season but has played better in recent weeks.After giving up an average of 338 passing yards through the first five weeks, the Raiders have allowed only one quarterback -- Denvers Trevor Siemian -- to throw for more than 240 yards in the past four games.Texans QB Brock Osweiler passed for just 255 yards total in the last two games combined and has been held under 200 yards five times.Smith said he is focusing more on Houston offensive coordinator George Godseys play-calling than he is on Osweilers low numbers.I personally dont like to let the quarterback dictate how Im going to attack the game, Smith said. For me, its playing against the offensive coordinator. The only thing I can get from a quarterback is if he likes to stare down his targets, does he have a quick release or slow release? 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