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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #510 on: February 20, 2020, 12:28 »
Not that the points will matter this year, but the cumulative points over three years will at the end of 2022. The UCI have said that after that time the number of UCI teams will be reduced to 18 again.
Looking at the last few years, the possibility of one (or more) of those 19 teams going under in the next 2.5 years isn't small.

In fact, I would almost expect it to happen.
There are a few teams (mainly the French ones) that have long-term sponsors and appear safe, but even Lefevere wasn't sure his team would continue in 2018 before getting Deceuninck in.

But yes, being among the top-18 of all pro teams will be required to stay WT beyond 2022. And if we're honest, if you're not in that top-18, you don't deserve WT status, do you.
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