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The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
« on: January 25, 2022, 19:09 »
I'm still of the opinion that this "race" shouldn't be going ahead this year and thus gently encourage/force Alpecin to go WT via the 2020-22 league. It's a bit silly that they have it better than the WT teams and even with a injured MVDP they'll no doubt win this again.

However Raul Banqueri thinks it's going ahead and he also thinks that relegated teams from the WT will be eligible for this competition.

https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1486042167416352768

If correct, maybe things aren't so bleak for Lotto after all.

Even with their poor season in 2021 they still finished 1500+ points ahead of Total and obviously even further ahead of B&B and Uno-X.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #1 on: February 08, 2022, 18:28 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1490961478840889348



    The league table, assuming that Alpecin have asked for a WT spot.

    Lotto and Cofidis are currently the teams missing out, but of course that could change over the coming months.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #2 on: February 21, 2022, 09:24 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1495671077476999168



    Lotto increase their lead in this competition. Even if they can't surmount their deficit in the the 3-yr event, they have a second bite at the cherry here.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #3 on: March 17, 2022, 08:21 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1503394844097617924



    IPT could very easily be behind Total if they fell into the relegation zone any time this season.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2022, 08:37 »
    IPT could very easily be behind Total if they fell into the relegation zone any time this season.

    but they can still buy the UCI if there are any issues. right?! ;)
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #5 on: April 25, 2022, 16:26 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1518593468309852161



    After a great start to the season Uno-X seem to have stalled recently which has allowed IPT to move into the "silver ticket" position.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #6 on: July 26, 2022, 08:16 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1551503055069257728



    IPT have moved a lot closer to Total since the last update.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #7 on: September 09, 2022, 12:50 »
    https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1568154013970927616

    Only two avenues of salvation here for IPT.

    Either they score 700pts more than Total in the rest of the season which, while the French team does have a lighter calendar, still looks unlikely, or Lotto manages to overhaul BEX or EF and they score more than them.

    Not sure I can see it happening.
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #8 on: November 23, 2022, 10:14 »
    This might as well go in here as anywhere else..

    https://twitter.com/FranReyesF/status/1595340106746953728

    The idea is that to be eligible for a GT wildcard you have to be of a certain level in the UCI rankings. Top 50 in 2023, 40 in '24 and 30 in '25.

    Not so popular with all the Pro Teams as you can imagine, but it's at least being discussed at the meeting of the Professional Cycling Council along with other alternatives (25 teams in GTs).
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #9 on: November 23, 2022, 11:28 »
    The idea is that to be eligible for a GT wildcard you have to be of a certain level in the UCI rankings. Top 50 in 2023, 40 in '24 and 30 in '25.
    Hm.
    Not a bad idea as such, but taking it to its logical consequence, they would have to allow Conti teams in the top-50/40/30 to apply for GT wildcards, too!
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    Re: The 2023 Auto-Wildcard Race
    « Reply #10 on: November 23, 2022, 16:02 »
    You can see both sides of the argument.

    The yearly auto-wildcard system already gives the best Pro teams a chance to earn their wildcard. Why give them another bite of the cherry?

    If you're finishing down in the 60s behind Tashkent, Panama and Devo DSM (to pick just three), are you really of a standard to be in a GT?

    Some of the WT teams send rubbish selections to the lesser GTs.

    More often than not, the rubbish WT teams still do better (not always though).

    The current scoring could do with more than a tweak or two. Too many points for Continental/National Championships of a very low level which gives some wacky placements in the ranking.

    Would Bingoal and Sport Vlaanderen even be interested in riding a GT?

    The ranking still favours teams and countries which have a lot of 1-day races, and naturally teams from those countries with buoyant calendars.

    It's blatantly anti-Spanish, or is it just making a level playing field for everyone no matter if the team is American, Swiss, Spanish or Norwegian?

    etc etc etc
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