There’s significangt news on both the promotion and relegation fronts this week. We have a promotion story to chew on today as Alpecin-Fenix have finally confirmed they want to be promoted to the World Tour for 2023-2025. Meanwhile on the relegation side Israel-PremierTech continue their slump, falling to 20th place.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- No change in the promotion and relegation situation, Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic stand to move up, Israel-PremierTech and Lotto-Soudal face the drop…
- …but there is a change in the standings as Lotto-Soudal overtake Israel for the first time
- Automatic invites to the grand tours for 2023 would go to Lotto-Soudal and Total Energies
- It was a quiet week for UCI points with Arkéa-Samsic topping the table with 447 points largely thanks to a sweep in the Tro Bro Leon, ahead of B&B Hotels on 240 points, Total Energies on 208, Lotto-Soudal on 163
Alpecin-Fenix made two announcement during yesterday’s rest day at the Giro: a name change to Alpecin-Deceuninck for the summer, and more significantly they want promotion to the World Tour. This finally settles the mystery about their promotion and it is the right thing to do. It’s not automatic as they’ll have to satisfy the UCI’s Licence Commission but they’re a well-run squad sitting high on the rankings so it’s at the formality/rubber stamp end of the scale.
It means two current WorldTeams face certain relegation. Currently these are Lotto-Soudal and Israel-PremierTech. There might still be value in being 18th rather than 19th in case another existing World Tour team doesn’t secure money for next year but they really need to find a way to move up.
Thomas de Gendt got a giant stage win for him and his team. But it’s not much use for Lotto-Soudal’s points quest. Teams are ranked on the basis of their 10 best riders and he’s not been among them yet. The team’s current 10th best scorer is Florian Vermeersch and his 95 points but once the Giro’s points are added up, De Gendt’s 100 points for the stage win will see him in, displacing Vermeersch and therefore a net gain of just five points right now. He’s got his eye on more stages and they sorely need a win from Ewan.
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