World Cup XCO riders have been warned by the UCI prior to the Les Gets World Cup for using 'Team' plates to gain extra training time.
As per regulation 4.9.014
, "A coach of a national team or a UCI elite MTB team or UCI MTB team who holds a licence, must request a handlebar number to use when reconnoitering the course. As well as the handlebar number he must wear a helmet." In short, coaches can register for a 'Team' plate that allows them ride alongside their team's riders in any practice session to help them with line choice, measuring efforts and general race tactics.
However, it seems that some racers have been using these plates to enter a practice session they are not normally allowed in and the UCI is trying to cut down on this practice. No riders have explicitly been named but it seems this has been a tactic among teams at both Albstadt and Nove Mesto. Team plates will now only be issued to National Federations, UCI teams and Elite teams and any team found abusing the system will lose the privilege for the rest of the year.