With the Giro d’Italia around the corner the last thing on many people’s mind is arithmetic but there are molto points for the GC. However neither Lotto-Soudal nor Israel have any obvious candidates so they’ll have to seek points elsewhere this month.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- No change with Israel and Lotto-Soudal in 19th and 20th place below the relegation line
- Bora-hansgrohe scored over 1,070 points thanks to Sam Bennett’s win in the GP Frankfurt and Aleksandr Vlasov’s win in the Tour de Romandie. That’s almost as many points in a week as Astana have earned all season: 1,145 points with the Kazakh team on minus 12 points for the week, meaning they managed to break more UCI rules than place in any races. Bahrain were second on 476 points and crucially Cofidis were third on 385 points which lifts them up to 17th place having started the season in 19th
- Bike Exchange were among the low scorers on 9 points, Simon Yates’ small gains in the Vuelta a Asturias seem to have been combined with deductions elsewhere and this means they’re now in 18th place, slipping behind Cofidis
- Assuming Arkéa-Samsic and Alpecin-Fenix get promoted, the automatic invitations to the 2023 grand tours would go to Total Energies and Lotto-Soudal
Feeling the heat
Simon Yates won two of the three stages of the Vuelta a Asturias but overheated on the second stage, saying it was his first race in hot conditions. It did look that way at the time, his jersey wide open and a contrast to his Paris-Nice wardrobe (pictured). Had he won the GC in Asturias there were 125 points and that counts for the Aussie team right now. Especially as the race was the cycling equivalent of a “six pointer” in football, with the GC win going to Ivan Sosa of Movistar, a team also trying to avoid becoming a relegation candidate alongsidee EF, Cofidis and Bike Exchange. The upcoming Giro offers 850 points to the winner, were Yates to win he’d haul his team above these other squads. Now winning the Giro would be the real story of course but in the weekly look at the points, we can look at the drier side too
However one less worry for Bike Exchange, Cofidis, Movistar and EF is that they all go into the Giro with some GC ambitions while neither Israel and Lotto-Soudal have any. However they’ll aim for stage wins although at 100 points a win it’s the equivalent of finishing 12th on GC. But there’s more to May than the Giro and these two squads will need results in the smaller stage races and one-day races this month just to begin to close the gap.
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