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Re: The 2023 World Tour Race
« on: October 13, 2021, 22:32 »
I wonder if the top-18 are required to take out a WT licence, or if they are only offered one (but can refuse)? Because as far as I can see, there's no real benefit in it for Alpecin-Fenix.

I think I agree with your analysis, being top ranked Pro team is the spot which maximises right to participate while keeping economic committments low possible, as they can actually choose to not participate in races more or less as they wish. I think they did that once this year.
WT teams have to travel to all faraway places where racing takes place, while the top ranked #alpecin can negotiate a healthy bonus for their voluntary participation. All WT race organizers would like to see Mathieu van der Poel on the starting line.

He's possible to beat on the road if you are Wout van Aert or someone like that, but business-wise, Mathieu van der Poel's cycling plan owns the entire World Tour concept this year and next year. Chapeau!
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