The die is cast, there are only five races left to go and not enough points left for Lotto-Soudal or Israel-PremierTech to perform a miracle. They’re relegated arithmetically, now things are in the hands of the UCI and its Licence Commission.
What’s Changed Since Last Week?
- Movistar top the table for the second week running with 849 points, in part thanks to Enric Mas’s excellent late season form and a parting gift from Alejandro Valverde, ahead of UAE and Bora-Hansgrohe
- Low scorers are BikeExchange-Jayco on 55 points, Israel on 3 and Astana on -2
- Alpecin-Fenix sit eighth and Arkéa-Samsic 18th and so qualify for promotion
- Lotto-Soudal are 1,170 points adrift of 18th place, Israel 1,995 points and face relegation
- Lotto-Soudal and TotalEnergies are due the automatic invitation to the major races in 2023
In early September Movistar looked to be in trouble and you could begin to sketch their World Tour obituary looking at recruitment decisions, internal policies about race programs and Enric Mas’s stagnation. Harsh but nothing compared to the roasting the team was getting on social media at the time. Now they’re up to 13th place in the three year rankings and well clear of the next group of teams. With talk of a new co-sponsor – which will be more keen on signing given the security – things are looking brighter for the long term too.
There’s still racing to go so we’ll hold off the full retrospective but as the chart above shows, there’s no contest with Lotto-Soudal over a thousand points adrift and Israel almost two thousand points. The next stage is the UCI Licence Commission.
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