What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- Jumbo-Visma (1355 points, of which 1120 scored by Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte), Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (855 points), and UAE Emirates (798 points) were the top three scorers. Spot the interloper among the big budget teams. Biniam Girmay’s Gent-Wevelgem means a lot more than UCI points but he collected 500 points for it and the team’s bid to stay in the World Tour gets reinforced by this. IWG now overtake EF Education in the three year standings
- Among the teams included in the charts here, EF Education (87 points), Israel (50 points) and B&B Hotels (25 points) scored the least
- No change in the promotion/relegation places. Last week Israel-PremierTech slipped into the relegation zone after Cofidis leapt past, the French team has kept the foot on the accelerator to widen their lead
- Arkéa-Samsic had another solid week with 620 points, Nairo Quintana’s fourth place in Catalunya helping, likewise Nacer Bouhanni winning for the first time since 2020
- DSM are beginning to pick up points. EF and Astana are still struggling, their haul for the season so far is less than many other teams have got in a week
- Israel’s having a rough time and if they were faring better there’d surely be a tighter relegation battle with Movistar, EF, Intermarché and BikeExchange all in the mix
- BikeExchange did well considering Simon Yates was one of many Catalunya DNF, 433 points was a decent haul with Kaden Groves getting in the groove but it was Groenewegen’s second place in De Panne that posts 250 precious points
- Lotto-Soudal had a quiet week, just 154 points which leaves them loitering in the relegation zone. Quick-Step scored 154 was well which is surprising as the blue team tends to score big in the spring classics but they’re misfiring and we don’t need the UCI points to tell us this, but they do help to show just how badly
- Currently Total Energies and Lotto-Soudal stand to get the automatic invites to the grand tours in 2023 as the best ProTeams, the French team continues to score sans Sagan, he’s only their 9th best points earner
Two things to muse on. First Arkéa-Samsic, 13th in the standings and obvious for promotion but not certain. We can at least begin to think about what the future holds, scoring points has been the objective so far this year but what for 2023-2025? It’s one thing to aim for the World Tour, but reach it and what comes next? Do they try and continue as a team trying to hustle and rustle points or aim for something different? Quintana’s contract is up and he’s on the market, this will tell us something about the direction they go, if the Colombian leaves, who comes in? Also with Alpecin-Fenix presumably looking for promotion – they still haven’t said anything aloud – what will Canyon do, is it worth having
two three World Tour teams given they supply Movistar too?
Second, UCI points don’t matter to the big teams but they do for the smaller ones. Patrick Lefevere even said the other day that having the UCI number one logo on the Quick-Step jersey annoyed him as it’s real estate he can’t sell; although before anyone points it out in the comments, all teams have a UCI WorldTeam logo anyway. It’s nice to be number one but first or fifth, there’s not much meaning to it, what counts is having a memorable season: better to win the Tour de France rather than to place fourth throughout the season. But points matter to the smaller teams and those scrapping for promotion and relegation. A case in point, here are Lotto-Soudal’s provisional rosters for the Volta Limburg on Saturday and the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday:
- Limburg: Gilbert, Wellens, De Lie, Drizners, Grignard, Kron, Selig
- Ronde: Campenaerts, Buellens, Wellens, Frison, Grignard, Van Moer, Vermeersch
For a Belgian team they’re clearly sending a strong team to a Dutch race on the eve of the Ronde and the UCI points system here is a big incentive.
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If this is all new to you, then at the end of the season in October the top-18 teams based on the three year rankings meet the sporting criteria for WorldTeam status. Teams outside of the top-18 risk being relegated down to UCI ProTeam status which means they are not guaranteed to start in the biggest races like the Tour de France.
The UCI publishes rankings overnight between Monday and Tuesday. The rankings are compiled from the sum of UCI points won by each team’s 10 highest scoring riders for each season: 2020, 2021, and now 2022, as shown in red on the chart above. You can see the points available in different races in the UCI Points and Rankings Tables Explainer post.