A quiet week on the points front but Israel-PremierTech are the top scorer so things get tighter for the relegation battle.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- It’s been a quiet week with just 1,092 points scored between all the teams, in some weeks a single team can land this.
- 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
- [Trumpet fanfare] Israel-PremierTech are the top scorers this week… [sad trombone] but only with 212 points, which must be the smallest weekly haul to top the table. It was thanks to Sep Vanmarcke’s Maryland Cycling Classic win and if he’s found winning ways it’ll help them with many one-day races to come. EF Education are second top scorers on 202 points so both teams get some help but they’ll want more. This makes the relegation battle even tighter, watch the lines converge tighter still and there’s now just 255 points between Lotto-Soudal and Movistar, relegation and safety:
It’s been a quiet week which suits your blogger while away on holiday. Just 212 points to top the table and ten squads didn’t win a point between them, partly down to a quiet calendar.
We’re all waiting to see how the Vuelta plays out, and not just for the battle for the podium and the maillot rojo but also the point and these are only added up once the race is over. Movistar management will be praying Enric Mas can stay in the race given the haul of points ahead and that they lost Miguel Angel Lopez a year ago, a fit of pique in the moment but costly longer term as they relinquished 575 points had he stayed to finish third overall.
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