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Joe Dombrowski heads into the winter secure knowing he packs a contract for 2023 and that his Astana-Qazaqstan team will be safely inside the WorldTour team rankings.
Astana-Qazaqstan didn’t have a great 2022, but its three-year running total is enough to secure the team — and Dombrowski — a spot in the men’s WorldTour when the next round of licenses are awarded.
Dombrowski admitted the team will need to step up in 2023, because the team ranked last in the WorldTour rankings for the 2022 season.“We are safe because of the prior two seasons, but if we carry on like we did this year into the next years, it’s a problem for us,” Dombrowski said. “Unless you’re Jumbo or Ineos, you’re never really safe.” Also read: The 2022 racing calendar ends Tuesday with the final stage of Le Tour de Langkawi, but the three-year running points tally among the top-ranked teams is set.Israel Premier Tech and Lotto-Soudal face relegation out of the WorldTour, while Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkéa-Samsic earned enough points to see promotion under the UCI’s controversial system.Like most pros, Dombrowski watched from the sidelines with a mix of […]