UCI robs Lotto-Soudal and co of hope: number of WorldTour teams will not be increased | cycling

UCI robs Lotto-Soudal and co of hope: number of WorldTour teams will not be increased | cycling
UCI robs Lotto-Soudal and co of hope: number of WorldTour teams will not be increased | cycling

According to current regulations, the WorldTour in 2023 would have 18 teams in 2023, with (roughly) 2 procontinental teams rising and 2 teams falling from the current package. Lotto-Soudal has been in that danger zone for a while now.

But for months many teams have been complaining about the unfairness of the system: the rules are said to have been poorly agreed and drawn up and, moreover, corona would cause too much arbitrariness in the results.

Several sources reported to Cyclingnews that the International Cycling Union – mainly to avoid legal misery – wants to work out a compromise whereby the WorldTour will be expanded to 20 teams. The big organizers would nevertheless keep their number of wildcards, so that the platoons would suddenly become a lot bigger, to 200 riders and more.

But at the UCI they deny this state of affairs, although there may be some leeway: “Contrary to what has appeared in the press, no decision has been made to change the rules.” But what is not, may still come?

The UCI emphasizes once again that the current regulations were already unanimously approved in 2018, by a collection of teams, riders and organizers. “Based on these regulations, our Licensing Committee will grant the licenses for the WorldTour in November.”

The article is in Dutch

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