Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic) in action during stage 3 of the 2022 Volta ao Algarve. Winning races to score UCI points is all very well, but teams must also avoid breaking rules where the punishment can outweigh the gains.
This is not news. Nothing has changed. Everyone knows that the UCI’s naughty step can be a crowded place and that some of their rules might as well be scribbled on a napkin they’re that coherent, but this year’s regulation narrative is putting a spotlight on one area in particular: the UCI points system.
With his beloved Tour de France just weeks away, Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) had a pretty decent day out on Friday’s stage 6, even if he and his breakaway companions inexplicably let Valentin Ferron (TotalEnergies) slip away for stage victory in the last few-hundred metres.
With one young Frenchman celebrating his first WorldTour win, Barguil and B&B’s Pierre Rolland fought over the minor placings, taking third and second on the line.
“Third is frustrating,” Barguil said after the finish. “You can’t win every time you find yourself in the breakaway. Despite everything, I see that the legs are good and that bodes well for the next few weeks.” Barguil in action on Friday’s stage 6, with KOM leader Pierre Rolland and Quick-Step’s Andrea Bagioli who was heavily leaned on at the end of the stage. Good and bad news then for Arkéa-Samsic’s baroudeur , but the day was not over yet. Shortly after the finish, the race jury sent out their […]