Rasmus Tiller (left) was the winner of the 2021 Dwars Door Het Hageland. Photo: Kramon In the lustrous surrounds of Monte Carlo, the annual WorldTour Forum is underway. This annual event acts as a get-together for the top teams and the UCI, laying groundwork for the season ahead and assigning ProTeams to Grand Tour and Classics selection.
In a conventional year, the teams would know what level they’re racing at. This year is not a conventional year, though. A month and a half from the season-opening Tour Down Under, there are question marks over the status of Israel-Premier Tech, B&B Hotels, and Uno-X, who approach December without clarity around their race eligibility. The state of play
After three years in the WorldTour, Israel-Premier Tech should face relegation for 2023 – but remain hopeful of the UCI reversing course on that decision, with a bit of extra leverage in the form of legal threats from team-owning billionaire Sylvan Adams.
B&B Hotels’ heavily-touted increase in investment has yet to materialise, along with rumoured signings including Mark Cavendish. The Men in Glaz have already failed an initial assessment of their application for a license, with team manager Jérôme Pineau pleading for an extended deadline to salvage his plans for the season ahead.
Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkea-Samsic should both step up to WorldTour level, having been in the top 18 teams for points scored over the last three-season racing block. Stuck in the middle are the likes of Team TotalEnergies and Lotto-Dstny , who seem […]
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