First the UCI World Tour is a semi-closed system where teams get multi-year licences with certain entry into the top calendar of races.
In order to better provide for this, teams now have to have a minimum of 27 riders forup from 23 this year. WorldTeams get their licence by satisfying five criteria with the UCI:. Five sections but really two areas, as in teams must satisfy the UCI rules while the sporting criteria is a moving target. In short you add up the points scored by each team duringand and then each team is rated on this basis.
The top ranked qualify for the World Tour for Dimension Data are 20th and so would normally be relegated… but the rule mentioned above means repechage and they stay in meaning a UCI World Tour with 19 teams.
New for is also a rule — 2. Given races can invite a maximum of 22 teams to a race we have 19 WorldTeams, plus the top ranked ProTeam… and so two wildcards left. For the one day races the same new rule sees the best three ProTeams of get automatic invites currently Total Direct Energie, Wanty-Gobert and Correndon-Circus and up to two wildcards are left for race organisers to grant.
Conclusion Like plenty of other blog posts, writing this up helps work through the rules to better understand them. More than ever the World Tour is closed ecosystem.
Rather than a league with relegation and promotion, the top teams enjoy a relegation protection rule at the moment and it creates an environment where the second tier teams are left chasing even fewer crumbs. This is an acceleration of a trend that has been the direction of travel for some time. If there are twenty places and twenty applicants then is that not a place each?
If you had a requirement to be top twenty then you are saying that if 21 apply the lowest ranked would fail, but there are no excess applicants to discard or is it a maximum of twenty? So in this case Cofidis look to be 18th and Dimension Data 2oth but get the repechage rule so we should have 19 teams.
ASO, RCS and the other race organizers should all oppose this idea as it infringes far too much on their ability to create the peloton they desire. So would it make sense to have a second tier WorldTour franchise where regional teams get to race in top level tours — and other teams are happy not to have to go to all events. The big question is of what concession they will be demanding in return for that.
RCS come out of it pretty badly. The UCI should grant that request in the interests of keeping the peace. Have you seen the table under regulation 2. RCS is part of the Lega Ciclismo Professionistico that yesterday they made a complaint to European Commission against Uci similar to the one made by Velon a few days ago.The UCI World Tour is a series of races that was scheduled to include thirty-six road cycling events throughout the cycling season although some of these are at least postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
The calendar was initially announced in June A number of races have been postponed, including the Giro d'Italia and the four of the five annual ' monuments ', due to the —20 coronavirus pandemic. Race organisers have requested new date allocations with the Union Cycliste Internationale for many of these events. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Race postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Italy . Races postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Europe .Throughout the season, points are awarded to the top finishers of stages within stage races and the final general classification standings of each of the stages races and one-day events. The quality and complexity of a race also determines how many points are awarded to the top finishers, the higher the UCI rating of a race, the more points are awarded. The UCI ratings from highest to lowest are as follows:.
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Movistar Team. Trofeo Playa de Palma-Palma. Grand Prix La Marseillaise. AG2R La Mondiale. Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Mazowsze—Serce Polski. Felbermayr—Simplon Wels. Tour de la Provence. Nippo—Delko—One Provence. Sport Vlaanderen—Baloise. Kometa Xstra Cycling Team. Tour du Haut Var.
Jumbo—Visma Development Team. Grand Prix Velo Alanya. Mazowsze Serce Polski. Algeria national cycling team. International Rhodes Grand Prix.As the season winds to a close, the planning for and beyond begins in earnest.
For the teams of the professional peloton, an important part of that is sorting out licenses for the coming season, and submitting the relevant applications to the UCI. A couple of days ago, the UCI released the list of the teams that had applied for a WorldTour license for the periodas well as the teams that had thrown their hat in the ring for ProTeam the artist formerly known as Pro Continental status. In latethe UCI announced a raft of changes to team structures, proposed to come into effect from the season.
Among these were increases in team sizes — a minimum of 27 riders for WorldTour teams, up from 23 — and a maintained status quo when it came to WorldTour team numbers — 18 teams, rather than a proposed More controversial was the introduction of a rating system that would relegate teams from the WorldTour if they finished outside the top 18 teams from on a ranking inclusive of Pro Continental teams.
Under this rule, Katusha-Alpecin and Dimension Data would have been at risk of relegation, as they languished down the bottom of the team table, rubbing shoulders with Pro Conti teams like Cofidis and Wanty-Gobert. That means that all existing WorldTour teams are, if they continue to meet all other requirements, safe. It also means that two new teams are able to step up to the WorldTour for the next three years.
All 18 existing WorldTour teams are applying for licenses for the coming cycle, albeit with one name change and one merger. That leaves two spots free in the top division. Meanwhile, the future NTT and Katusha-Israel Cycling Academy teams only need to land in the top 20 to retain their license, which should be a foregone conclusion.
Whilst the number of teams applying for WorldTour licenses has swelled, the picture is a little more sobering when you take a look at the number of ProTeams.
Inthere were 24 Pro Continental teams; forjust 18 teams have applied for ProTeam licenses. While there are fewer second-division teams competing for the wildcards at the major races, there are also fewer wildcards on offer. At the newly formed Classics Series — 20 of the biggest one-day races on the calendar, including the Monuments — there will be between 21 and 25 teams of seven riders, with the three top-ranked ProTeams getting the call-up along with any spare wildcards the organisers want to throw out.
All 20 WorldTour teams will need to attend, leaving the remaining two wildcards at the discretion of the race organisers. These selections are often but not always made along national lines, and are highly coveted. At Grand Tours, the wildcard teams are a popular part of the race — as here, with Lilian Calmejane Total Direct Energie surfing a wave of homecrowd support on the Tourmalet at the Tour de France. The shuttering of so many Pro Conti teams this year — in some cases as a direct result of the change in rules foras with Nippo-Vini-Fantini, who cited the reduction in wildcards as a reason for shutting up shop — will see many riders out of a job or having to take a step back in prestige.
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Structural changes In latethe UCI announced a raft of changes to team structures, proposed to come into effect from the season. WorldTour movers and shakers All 18 existing WorldTour teams are applying for licenses for the coming cycle, albeit with one name change and one merger. Subscribe to the newsletter.The UCI have announced the 19 teams that met their criteria to be awarded a WorldTour license for the period. The license held this year by Katusha-Alpecin will be used under their new identity in having merged with Israel Cycling Academy.
After 10 years spent racing at the second-tier Pro Continental level, the French team has spent recent months bolstering its roster as part of its bid to step up to top tier racing.
Elia VivianiNathan Haas, and Fabio Sabatini are among the notable signings set to strengthen the team. The 19 teams listed are subject to final checks that they have fully met all these criteria before final confirmation in December.
In addition to the list of 19 names that will automatically be invited to the top tier of races inTotal Direct Energie and Wanty Gobert-Tormans will be invited to race at certain WorldTour events. French team Total has been invited to race all the top-tier races including grand tours. The increased number of teams given an automatic slot at WorldTour events in places increased pressure on teams fighting for grand tour wildcard starts.
Boels Dolmans not among eight applicants for Women's WorldTour licences. Boels Rental and Dolmans to end sponsorship of number one women's team in Under new rules for the next three-year period of the WorldTour, up to 20 teams can secure a place at the top level. All 18 current WorldTour teams will be assured a place if they finish the season in the top 20 places in the retrospective three-year world ranking for UCI men's teams covering points scored inand by the 10 best riders of each team.
Prospective teams also have to satisfy ethical, financial, organisational and administrative rules in order to secure a WorldTour spot. Under the new plans, a team WorldTour would see just two wildcard places available to second division teams at the three Grand Tours, and two fewer spots at other WorldTour races. The reduced wildcard availability was cited as one reason for Nippo-Vini Fantini's folding.
As well as the Italian squad, two other teams will stop at the end ofwith Euskadi Basque Country-Murias and Roompot-Charles also missing from the list of ProTeam candidates for Hagens Berman Axeon have confirmed they are stepping back down to Continental status for next season, while WPorto are also not on the list of applicants.
Burgos-BH, who have just finished their second season at Pro Continental level, are also missing. Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea and Uno-X Norwegian Development Team are the only teams on the list looking to make the step up to the second division.
The current number one ranked team in the world, Boels Dolmans, was not among the applicants after their bid for a spot was declined. Applicants much be able to offer a four-year guarantee, however, the team's title sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans announced at the World Championships that they would end sponsorship in Director Danny Stam is confident that he will find a replacement sponsor and that his team will be among the WorldTeams in future.
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2020 World Tour Teams
The growth of the WorldTour from 18 to 19 teams saw space for even more bike tech to feature. We saw all the new tech at the Tour Down Under in January, as well as a glimpse into the Classics tech at Opening Weekend before racing was halted due to the coronavirus, and while racing is on hold for the time being, teams are taking to indoor cycling tech in order to keep up fitness and exposure.
Below, we'll provide details of the changes seen as becameand we'll give an overview of the cycling tech that each team is using, including their riders' indoor cycling 'pain caves'. Every year, due to contracts coming to an end and new sponsors coming in to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the WorldTour stage, professional cycling teams and their sponsors frequently part ways and form new partnerships.
It's sometimes hard to keep track of who's now sponsored by who, and which equipment cycling teams are using. For some, these partnerships are organised well in advance, but in other cases, teams face a last-gasp scramble to attract sponsorship in order to survive, let alone kit out their riders for the season ahead. It's not uncommon to see a carousel of change as teams and suppliers find new opportunities and form agreements elsewhere.
Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means
For example, ahead of the season, three big bike brands enjoyed a merry-go-round of team sponsorship changes. Movistar continue to ride aboard Canyon bikes for a sixth year, although their use of Campagnolo groupsets ceased for the first time in 37 years, with SRAM providing the team with a disc-only fleet for the season.
The much-documented merge between Katusha and Israel Cycling Academy saw Canyon step away, dropping its total of sponsored WorldTour teams to just one.
Roompot-Charles folding at the end of the season freed up the Norfolk-based company to step back up to the WorldTour. Following the surprising decision by Team Ineos to use Lightweight wheels at the Tour de Franceit was perhaps a surprise to see no equipment changes there ahead of the season. Egan Bernal 's Tour de France win is clearly good for the sponsors' return on investment, and Team Ineos have continue aboard Pinarello bikes this season, with Shimano providing the groupsets and wheels.
That said, during the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshirea number of Team Ineos riders were seen using new wheels from a company called Princeton CarbonWorkswhose wheels are distinctive by their sinusoidal wavy rim profile.
It seems Ineos have struck a deal to use these wheels in time trials for the season. A team that made big changes was Bahrain McLaren. Mark Cavendish 's new team switched out their Fulcrum wheels in favour of Vision, and moved away from Sportful clothing in favour of former pro Yanto Barker 's brand, Le Col. Astana 's three-year deal with Argon 18 finished at the end of the season, and was not renewedso forwhile the Kazakh team will continue using Corima wheels, Wilier now provides the framesets.
Finally, with Cofidis stepping up to the WorldTourand their original two-year deal with Kuota expiring at the end ofthe change in tier led to a change in bike sponsor.
UCI WorldTour 2020
De Rosa, who previously supplied Israel Cycling Academy, made like their former team by climbing up to the WorldTour, but in Cofidis colours for With racing on pause forWorldTour riders have fast adapted to the world of indoor cycling. Sponsors have invested heavily in kitting their riders out with the best turbo trainers to ensure their riders can not only train, but also utilise their form to race on platforms such as Zwift and Rouvy.
Cyclingnews recently had a bit of fun by rating the peloton's pain caves. When it comes to new bike launches, was the year of conformity, with a range of manufacturers all seeming to converge on particular design features for their lightweight climbing bike offerings. Forit looks as though Giant has stuck to its guns, though.