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2023 world tour promotion/relegation
Last Post 07/26/2022 02:58 PM by Orange Crush. 2 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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04/14/2022 03:04 PM
Just reading that Lotto is lining up their old horse and former super hero Philippe Gilbert for Roubaix, 39, even though he is far from healthy. Reason, they are in a major crunch to avoid Worldtour relegation and are living day to day as Gilbert put it. No vision for the future.

Haven't read much about the 2023-2025 world tour updates in english sites yet, but the crunch is on big time this year, with Lotto sitting near the very bottom of current World Tour teams. Interesting graphics at bottom of this page, based on current rankings, Cofodis would be last one in: https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/promotie-degradatie-cofidis-duwt-lotto-soudal-dieper-de-degradatiezone-in-ef-educatin-easypost-heeft-het-zwaar/

My guess is that Lotto is headed for the exit and AF (DAF) will become the second Belgian World Tour team. The Roodhooft brothers are ambitious and already have new youth signings for next year. Plus VDPs injury showed that you can't just bank on gathering UCI points for participating in big races; the only guarantee comes from a worldtour license.
Cosmic Kid

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04/14/2022 03:30 PM
Lotto needs to revise their strategy if they want to remain a WT team.....they stated at the beginning of the year that they would not just chase points, but only wins. Basically said "If you aren't trying to win, it is all BS."

Which is all well and fine if you have a reasonable chance at some big wins....but win your big hope for MSR is a scratch, etc. you have got to change your strategy. Compare to Arkea, who has been very aggressive all year, chasing both points AND wins and all but ensuring their promotion to the WT.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/26/2022 02:58 PM
Lotto and the ISN geezer team still looking at relegation. Lotto is of course also losing Soudal as cosponsor. And man, does Sagan's team ever suck.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/relegation-watch-lotto-soudal-israel-premier-tech-lose-ground-after-tour-de-france/
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