The chart shows the latest version of the three year rankings 2020-2022 used to determine which teams qualify for UCI WorldTeam licences for the next three years.
What’s changed since last week?
- No change for Cofidis and Lotto-Soudal, both remain in the relegation zone in 19th and 20th places. They have kept scoring to narrow the gap to Israel but as the chart shows they’ve just overtaken Israel’s 2020+2021 score
- Away from the rankings Lotto-Soudal’s got a replacement sponsor in Destiny, a Belgian telecoms company which is a great help to secure the team’s future whatever points they score
- Promotion candidate Arkéa-Samsic continues a strong start and so does Intermarché, the pair have overtaken Bike Exchange, with the Australian team slipping to 17th place
- Alpecin-Fenix have yet to score much. Despite Jasper Philipsen’s sprint wins in the UAE (as stages don’t pay as well as one day wins). With Philipsen and Tim Merlier for the classics they should correct this even if Mathieu van der Poel’s on the sidelines. But if this continues and they don’t apply for a World Tour licence then they wouldn’t qualify for the automatic invites to the big races like the Tour de France. Instead, as of today (obviously there’s a long way to go) Cofidis and Lotto-Soudal stand to get these spots. This alone suggests they’ll be after the security of a World Tour spot for 2023
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. Riders can also forfeit points for mistakes like littering, ignoring level crossing lights or taking a short cut on the course and so on.
At the end of the season in October the top-18 teams meet the sporting criteria for WorldTeam status but are subject to the financial, admin and ethical reviews. Teams outside of the top-18 risk being relegated to UCI ProTeam status which means they are not guaranteed to start in the biggest races like the Tour de France. But the two best scoring teams in 2022 will get these invites to the grand tours.
You can see the points available in different races in the UCI Points and Rankings Tables Explainer post from January.