The most recent UCI rankings add up factors from the Vuelta a España, Grand Prix de Québec and Montréal, GP de Fourmies and the truncated Tour of Britain and the most important winner of the week has been the Movistar Workforce, who vaulted out of 18th place within the 2020-2022 UCI Workforce Rankings into 14th and much out of attain of the dreaded relegation zone.
The week additionally noticed some rumours that the promotion/relegation scheme may not go ahead for 2023 as deliberate, with each EF Training-EasyPost boss Jonathan Vaughters and Israel-Premier Tech proprietor Sylvan Adams calling the system “promotion or dying”. A number of others have questioned why the UCI would wish to restrict the variety of WorldTour groups at a time when there are 20 groups with budgets to subject top-tier squads.
There have been hints of a compromise, a rise of the utmost dimension of the peloton again to 200, which might improve the variety of wildcard groups out there to GrandTour organisers and permit the WorldTour to stay at 20, however the UCI has insisted that no choice has been made.
Almost definitely, any modifications could be introduced after the annual assembly of the Administration Committee on the World Championships subsequent week.
If the scheme does go forward, Israel-Premier Tech did themselves little favours within the newest rankings, gaining a scant 138 factors to Vuelta a España winners QuickStep-AlphaVinyl’s huge 1,898-point haul.
Of the highest 22 groups on this planet, solely TotalEnergies and Uno-X earned fewer factors. The French outfit misplaced two positions after not collaborating within the Vuelta, gaining 125 factors, whereas the Norwegian group acquired no outcomes.
That leaves the Israeli-Canadian group with little hopes of avoiding relegation and, both a combat from Sylvan Adams or a possible dissolution of the group.
Whereas Lotto Soudal once more made positive factors to climb out of nineteenth, they continue to be caught within the relegation zone however, fairly than chasing Movistar, their nearest rival in 18th is now Cofidis, who plummeted down the rankings by three spots, whereas the hole to the subsequent rung stays has yawned out to 702 factors for the Belgian group. Lotto Soudal stay decided to remove the hole by sending stacked groups to the late-season one-day races.
Cofidis’ technique of sending Guillaume Martin to Canada failed to provide the supposed outcomes, with solely 40 factors gained there. The French group misplaced sprinter Bryan Coquard from the Vuelta, however Jesus Herrada salvaged their race with a stage win, a 3rd place on a stage, and eight factors for 56th on GC.
Movistar made the most important positive factors, with Gonzalo Serrano declared winner of the Tour of Britain after the dying of Queen Elizabeth II cancelled the race, Enric Mas coming second to Remco Evenepoel on the Vuelta, and Ivan Garcia Cortina taking fifth in Québec.
The largest funds groups continued to rake in probably the most factors other than the Spanish group: Jumbo-Visma maintained their standing on the high of the three-year and 2022 rankings with nearly 1,000 factors – Wout van Aert’s second in Québec was price 400 of that; QuickStep-AlphaVinyl earned 1,898 between Evenepoel’s Vuelta win and Andrea Bagioli’s third place in Montréal; Ineos Grenadiers introduced in 1,253 between Carlos Rodríguez’s Vuelta end result, Tom Pidcock and Omar Fraile’s podiums in Britain, and Adam Yates’ fourth place in Montréal – amongst others.
The relegation watch could also be moot if the UCI decides to droop the system for 2023, however groups are nonetheless hedging their bets and retaining riders from heading to Australia for Worlds to chase factors in Europe.
The organisers of the slew of 1.1 and ProSeries races between now and the top of October will most actually be happy to have such aggressive fields however the UCI having their marquee race in Wollongong drained of its depth could nicely cause them to rethink the factors construction on the very least.
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|2 (↑+1)||QuickStep-AlphaVinyl||34,145.37 (+1898)|
|3 (↓-1)||Ineos Grenadiers||34,100.99 (+1253)|
|4||UAE Workforce Emirates||32,155.66 (+1738)|
|6||Bahrain Victorious||23,624 (+315)|
|10||Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||17,512 (+555)|
|11||AG2R Citroen Workforce||17,012 (+917)|
|12||Astana Qazaqstan Workforce||16,554 (+657)|
|13||Workforce DSM||15,870.71 (+624)|
|14 ((↑+4)||Movistar Workforce||15,333 (+1198)|
|15 (↓-1)||Arkea-Samsic||15,118 (+401)|
|16||EF Training-EasyPost||14,984.32 (+527)|
|18 (↓-3)||Cofidis||14,837 (+244)|
|19||Lotto Soudal||14,135 (+255)|
|20||Israel-Premier Tech||13,431.66 (+138)|
|22||Uno-X Professional Biking Workforce||6,462.09 (+0)|
|Pos.||Rider Title (Nation) Workforce||Consequence|
|3||UAE Workforce Emirates||11297|
|7 (↓-1)||Bahrain Victorious||8509|
|13 (↑+1)||AG2R Citroen Workforce||6233|
|14 (↓-2)||Lotto Soudal||6200|
|15 (↑2)||Movistar Workforce||137376:00:00|
|18 (↑1)||Workforce DSM||4401|
|19 (↓-1)||Israel-Premier Tech||4369|
|21||Astana Qazaqstan Workforce||83352:00:00|
|22||Uno-X Professional Biking Workforce||54423:07:12|