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WorldTour relegation pulse: Five teams battling to remain

WorldTour relegation pulse: Five teams battling to remain

The month of May saw several changes in the 2020-2022 UCI Team Rankings that will determine which 18 teams make next year’s WorldTour , with…

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The month of May saw several changes in the 2020-2022 UCI Team Rankings that will determine which 18 teams make next year’s WorldTour , with BikeExchange-Jayco overtaking EF Education-EasyPost and pushing the American team to 18th the most notable change. Cyclingnews examines the trends in the rankings and looks ahead to the upcoming WorldTour races to see which teams can fight back.

In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, it was Intermarché-Wanty Gobert Matériaux (then Circus-Wanty) and Israel Premier-Tech (then Israel Start-Up Nation) who were in the ‘relegation zone’ – the 19th and 20th places in the three-year rankings where teams will miss out on the WorldTour’s ‘sporting criteria’. In 2021, it was Cofidis and Lotto Soudal.

While Cofidis has clambered over the likes of BikeExchange-Jayco and EF Education-EasyPost, Lotto Soudal and Israel-Premier Tech remain locked in battle to get out of the basement .

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Now that ProTeams Arkéa-Samsic and Alpecin-Fenix have out-performed so many of the WorldTeams and are almost a shoo-in, and WorldTour hopefuls Uno-X and TotalEnergies are so far behind it looks unlikely they will challenge. There are currently five teams most intensely playing cycling’s game of musical chairs and we don’t expect the rankings to solidify anytime soon.

The month of June will be critical, with the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse and a slew of Europe Tour and ProSeries races offering points […]

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