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The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:31 »
As long as no WT team disappears at the end of the season then there is only one golden ticket to all WT events and one silver ticket for all 1-day WT races.

 #alpecin 775
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 #arkea 508
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 #total 366
 #bingoal 319
 #nippo 238
 #bbhotels 217
 #bardiani 167
 #cajarural 160
 #unox 146
 #vlaanderen 143
 #kern 124

A familiar look to the top of the table. Alpecin got off to a very slow start last year, so it is ominous that they are already on top this time round. Could they be out of sight by the end of the month?

Total are doing okay in third, but it's not because of their raft of new signings. None of them have been impressing too much so far.

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We are now also into the second year of the three year competition to see who will or won't be WT from 2023 onwards (of course the UCI could fudge things again ie. nothing is guaranteed here). I can't be bothered just at the moment doing the required calculations, but currently I think it's very close at the bottom between Movistar, Cofidis, Intermarche, Qhubeka and I-SUN. Three of those five could be relegated, but of course others could be dragged in.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #1 on: April 17, 2021, 13:58 »
    Any tension in this particular competition went out the door a long time ago. Well, tension for the first prize. Things are more interesting in the battle for second.

     #alpecin 3109
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     #total 1278
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     #arkea 1222
     #bingoal 857
     #bbhotels 674
     #delko 511
     #unox 386

    Alpecin are fourth(!) in the overall competition.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #2 on: June 01, 2021, 18:48 »
    Post-Giro is as good as time as any for an update.

     #alpecin 4039
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     #arkea 2337
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     #total 1802
     #bingoal 1266
     #cajarural 1135
     #bbhotels 1087
     #delko 950
     #unox 940

    Alpecin are down to sixth in the overall ranking. Ol' Caja are one of the biggest movers with Lastra in particular picking up some good points in the rescheduled Iberian races recently.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #3 on: July 23, 2021, 09:39 »
    Post-Tour

     #alpecin 5267
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     #arkea 2798
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     #total 2193
     #bingoal 1421
     #unox 1379
     #bbhotels 1268
     #cajarural 1250
     #delko 1088
     #bardiani 1038

    Not much of interest. Uno-X moved up a few spots, but the gaps toward the top were either extended or maintained.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #4 on: September 28, 2021, 20:03 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1442748770979131394



    With the current WT configuration, the competition is done and dusted. Alpecin will get invites to all WT races again and Arkea will get all the 1-day invites. However could that configuration change?

    There were some rumours/talk this week that Qhubeka could cease to exist entirely at the end of this year which would obviously reduce the number of WT teams. 18 World Tour teams would mean two Golden Tickets to all WT races and 1 runners-up prize.

    Currently that prize would go to Total, but Uno-X are less than 400 points behind. Could they close that gap in the races that are remaining?
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #5 on: October 05, 2021, 18:15 »
    I hope you are paying attention t-72!

    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1445286115691442177



    The Qhubeka rumours discussed before are gaining more traction. Therefore the race for third is looking more and more meaningful and Uno-X are closing the gap to Total. It was ~400 or so in the last update, now it's under 300 and if we factor in Tiller's points from BCB, then it will surely be under 200!

    Not a huge amount of racing left for either team. Paris-Tours is the big one and with 200 points for the winner there, everything is still up for grabs.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #6 on: October 12, 2021, 21:06 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1447829976439566342



    Uno-X fluffed their lines at Paris-Tours, but I'd forgotten the GP Morbihan - the last, last chance saloon for big points.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #7 on: October 12, 2021, 21:35 »
    What about the Boucles de l'Aulne on Sunday?

    (I haven't bothered to check the rules on how points are scored  :D )
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #8 on: October 12, 2021, 21:48 »
    There are points available there as well, but with a 270 gap to make up, you really need a win at Morbihan by the right person (Hulgaard or Traeen ideally going by the provisional start list) in addition to some other points here and there.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #9 on: October 13, 2021, 12:28 »
    Is it known that the collapse of Qhubeka would mean an extension of these automatic invitations, or would it simply mean an extra wild card space for the race organisers to give (or not) at will?
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #10 on: October 13, 2021, 12:38 »
    Is it known that the collapse of Qhubeka would mean an extension of these automatic invitations

    yeah

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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #11 on: October 13, 2021, 12:47 »
    Thanks.  I still think it is a daft rule, and this is an even dafter extension of it, but thanks for the info.
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #12 on: October 13, 2021, 22:22 »
    yeah



    Strange table, as it only seems to cover Grand tours and stage races when it comes to specifications of how many invites the organizers are allowed to hand out. ("Autres épreuves par etapes" means stage races that are not grand tours.)

    What are the rules for one-day races?
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #14 on: October 13, 2021, 22:41 »
    for the benefits of lazy readers like myself, here's a screenshot of the section Search refers to:



    In other words, short stage races are the main opportunities for Pro teams to race with the big boys in WT next year. They have one more wild-card for the race organizer to hand out compared to one-day races.  (why, but ok?  :-x )
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    Re: The 2022 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #15 on: October 16, 2021, 10:34 »
    (why, but ok?  :-x )
    Beats me. :S

    Remember though that many short stage races don't make use of the full wildcard contingent, on the contrary - so the one-day races often see the biggest pelotons after all.
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