Play the sustain. This is jargon that cycling is unfamiliar with. However, in the World Tour this season, avoiding relegation is the concern of many teams, with the race for UCI points as their leitmotif. Objective: to ensure its place among the eighteen elite structures for the next three seasons. For this – and this is new – each team must have performed sufficiently well over the 2020-2022 period. The Vuelta (August 19-September 11), the last Grand Tour of the year, could therefore be decisive in this regard.
The allocation of World Tour licenses depends on five criteria: ethical, financial, administrative, organizational and sporting. Understand: you have to get into the nails, within the first four categories mentioned, then it’s the road that speaks. The UCI world ranking by teams, over a season, is obtained by adding together the points of the ten best riders in each formation. This classification extended to three exercises makes it possible to define the eighteen best cars of the peloton, intended to form the first division, if their file is sufficiently solid.
Tour of Spain
The entry list for the Vuelta 2022
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|1. Jumbo Visma||WT (1st Div.)||34,045 dots|
|2.INEOS Grenadiers||WT||32,400 stitches|
|3. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl||WT||32,094 dots|
|14. Arkea-Samsic||PRT (2nd Div.)||14,625 points|
|15. Cofidis||WT||14,236 stitches|
|16. BixeExchange – Jayco||WT||14,121 points|
|17. EF Education – EasyPost||WT||13,895 stitches|
|18. Movistar||WT||13,724 stitches|
|19. Lotto Soudal||WT||13,224 dots|
|20. Israel-Premier Tech||WT||12,986 stitches|
Ranking as of 08/14/2022
Lotto Soudal vs. Movistar?
Martin, who took the start of the Giro and the Tour de France this year, will not be at the start of the Vuelta on Friday in Utrecht. But he pocketed 60 UCI points on Sunday, finishing 4th in Polynormande – the equivalent of 15th place in the final classification of the Tour of Spain – and he continued this Tuesday with the Tour du Limousin. On the Spanish roads, Cofidis will rely in particular on Bryan Coquard to aim for a stage (100 points, 40 for 2nd), and consolidate his place in the hierarchy (15th). The northern team is 1,012 units ahead of Lotto Soudal, in the first “relegation” position.
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Direction the WT for Quintana and Arkéa-Samsic?
BixeExchange – Jayco (16th, 14,121) and EF Education-EasyPost (17th, 13,895) will be two other teams to observe through the “points race” prism, for three weeks. The first named can aim for the jackpot with Simon Yates, winner of the Vuelta in 2018, which would bring (at least) 850 points to the structure that uses it by repeating the exploit. For Lotto Soudal and Movistar, the prospect of the coronation seems more distant, but the fight will be daily. For the prestige of a bouquet in the Grand Tour, above all, but also to look to the future serenely.
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Arrivals at the top, well-placed time and final for the daring: the 7 key stages of the Vuelta
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Alaphilippe-Evenepoel, a double thrilling attraction
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