Last week’s update had a lot going on, this week’s much quieter with only half of the teams scoring any points.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- No change, Lotto-Soudal and Israel face relegation at the end of the season
- In a quiet week for points, about half the teams above didn’t score, Bora-hansgrohe topped the table with 263 points ahead of TotalEnergies with 233 and Lotto-Soudal on 228 points after they each enjoyed wins in races last week
- Cofidis continue their climb, they started the season in 19th place. Last week they were 17th, now they move up to 16th, overhauling EF Education
- EF Education slip to 17th place, they’re the biggest faller in the standings this year, having gone down five places (Israel are down four places). This is before the Giro d’Italia points are added up at the end of the race where Simon Yates’ two stage wins would take Bike Exchange above EF.
So a quiet week but Lotto-Soudal keep quietly scoring points when others don’t. They may still be in the relegation zone but they pull away from Israel and are closing the gap to the teams in 15th-18th place, now just 750 points off Bike-Exchange and EF. If the Tour de France is a very stressful time for team managers, imagine the intensity if several teams are trying to race the likes of UAE, Ineos, Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step on one front, all while worrying about relegation.
July can offer quieter alternatives. The Tour of Austria’s recently been cancelled. This leaves the 2.1-rated Sibiu Tour and no surprise both Lotto-Soudal and Israel are racing, it’ll be interesting to see which riders they pick for the Tour de France and who is reserved to try and score points in Romania.
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