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Had Israel-Premier Tech needed the points, they wouldn’t have found them in Langkawi

Israel-Premier Tech have all but been relegated from the WorldTour. Barring some last-minute administrative or political jousting, Sylvan Adams’ team will not receive automatic invites…

Tuesday, Oct 18

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Israel-Premier Tech have all but been relegated from the WorldTour. Barring some last-minute administrative or political jousting, Sylvan Adams’ team will not receive automatic invites to top-level races such as the Tour de France in 2023 and beyond.

However, had the battle to avoid the drop been closer, as riders joked as early as May that some squads may be forced to send their A-teams to China for a showdown in Guangxi , Israel-Premier Tech could have found themselves at a significant disadvantage through no fault of their own.

Partly in light of the relegation scrap, teams signed up for all manner of late-season races in anticipation of a desperate scramble for UCI points. This includes the Tour de Langkawi, which saw six WorldTour squads (as well as four ProTeam outfits) arrive for what would be the race’s highest-quality start line in years.

Amongst those six top-tier teams were five relegation embattled organisations. Movistar, Cofidis, EF Education-EasyPost, Astana-Qazaqstan and Lotto-Soudal. Not among them was Israel-Premier Tech.

“I can confirm that we requested to race at the Tour of Langwaki but were not granted an invitation,” Israel-Premier Tech told CyclingTips. “We certainly hope and look forward to racing in Malaysia in the future.”

This rejection will end up having minimal impact on the overall relegation battle, at least in terms of points. It’s too late for ISN anyway. But it is a piece of evidence that may prove useful in ISN’s expected trip to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where the team is likely […]

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