It’s getting very close at the bottom of the table with Arkéa-Samsic now feeling the stress too as they’re at risk of struggling for promotion.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- As of this week’s numbers, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkéa-Samsic are eligible for promotion, while Lotto-Soudal and Israel face relegation
- Automatic invites to the grand tours for next year would go to Lotto-Soudal and Total Energies
- Lotto-Soudal were the top scorers of the week on 495 points, ahead of Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma
- Both BikeExchange-Jayco and Israel were among the teams only scoring double-digit amounts for the week. Arkéa-Samsic are on -129 points, that’s minus, for the week after Nairo Quintana’s tramadol troubles see all his points from the Tour de France binned, this puts them only about 100 points clear of the four teams struggling for safety and so their chances of promotion are now very dependent on results to come, both on the road but also at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Lotto-Soudal make a leap towards safety, they’re now just 288 points behind Movistar. But that’s during the Vuelta where Enric Mas is riding high on GC and the points for the grand tour are only added up once the race reaches Madrid, BikeExchange will hope Simon Yates can stay in the mix too. There’s only 619 points between Movistar, BikeExchange, EF Education and Cofidis so they’re all under pressure.
Arkéa-Samsic now join these struggling teams and this changes plenty because of instead of rising among the top-18 teams to knock an existing World Tour team down, were they to slip to 19th or lower then no team above is displaced, only Israel would be relegated. Things could get messy if the relegation matter then becomes dependent on Quintana’s appeal case because while the sporting calendar needs the issue settled by December, appeals can’t be rushed and everyone has to have time to build and present their respective cases.
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