You don’t need a spreadsheet to know which teams had a great Tour de France and which ones had a rough time but here’s a look at the latest UCI points situation and the data show BikeExchange-Jayco thrived. The weekly updates are back…
What’s Changed Since Last Time?
- No change to the promotion and relegation teams: Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkéa-Samsic are both on course for promotion. Lotto-Soudal and Israel-PremierTech face relegation
- Lotto-Soudal and TotalEnergies would get wildcard invites to the grand tours next year
- Jumbo-Visma, UAE, Ineos and Groupama-FDJ scored the most points from the Tour de France, a match with their 1-2-3-4 overall. But BikeExchange-Jayco were fifth with 681 points, 21% their 2022 points haul thanks to Matthews and Groenewegen winning and placing
- Arkéa-Samsic and Alpecin-Deceuninck both scored well, 480 points and 425 respectively
- Low scorers among the World Tour teams were Movistar (170 points), Cofidis (110) , Bahrain (55) and Lotto-Soudal (15)
The chart above zooms in teams battling to avoid relegation. You can see Lotto-Soudal’s red line is almost flat for July (Harm Vanhoucke did score for them in the Sibiu Tour) while Bike Exchange bound away from bother thanks to a bonzer bonanza.
As the cliché goes, “the Tour is the Tour” and teams did their best this month to race without stressing too much about the points. There are some crafty ways and means to get points during the season but not at the Tour de France where only the top-5 on a stage earn points (120, 50, 25, 15, 5) and on the GC a rider must finish 20th or higher to earn more than 50 points. So a big result is all that counts although this does include a top-20 on GC. Enric Mas was on his way to 11th place overall and 150 points before leaving the race and this will sting Movistar’s management who are sounding downbeat at the moment with a current sponsorship deal only in place until the end of next year.
Points are won from results but can be deducted as well. So Hugo Houle took 120 points for his stage win in Foix but as the screengrab above shows, he lost 25 points for littering, the Israel team’s only deduction. During the Tour Jumbo-Visma had 145 points subtracted, Ineos and UAE 100 each, in part because Jumbo-Visma and UAE didn’t appear at the signing-on podium day but it shows how big teams can afford professional fouls while the smaller teams facing relegation just dare not make a mistake. Movistar, Cofidis and DSM all lost 50 points during the Tour de France and Israel 25. EF Education, Lotto-Soudal and BikeExchange kept a clean sheet.
Watching Houle, Cort or Matthews winning in the Tour just marked fine racing and a noble result, the points were a secondary consideration. Now we’re back to smaller races whose significance and existence is partly predicated on being part of the UCI calendar. So when Arnaud De Lie won a stage of the Tour de Wallonie yesterday in Rochefort, the first thought of “he’s won on his home roads, great result” was chased immediately with “another handy 20 points“.
We’re likely to see teams targetting races very carefully from now on. Will Caleb Ewan do the Vuelta or is he going to be obliged to do smaller races where his chance of victory is higher, and with it, an increased chance of points? In a normal season, even with Ewan’s lack of a results, you’d imagine he’d insist on riding the Vuelta but this time it’s less obvious.
At lot also depends on the calendar. Who is going to the Turul României (Tour of Romania)? The Tour de Taiwan’s been shunted back on the calendar, is anyone planning to go, likewise for the Tour de Langkawi which has been postponed several times this season, will it actually happen?
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If you’re new to the story of promotion and relegation this year and want it explained then click here.
To see how many points are available in each race or category, click here.