looking at his potential road schedule I'm not sure how he fits more than one mtb world cup in before the worlds, which he has mentioned is his main goal this year. If he wants a better starting grid, he needs to retain his points from last year plus add more. However:
Albstadt is not on the calendar anymore (I assume he loses those points?)
Needs to win in Nove Mesto again just to retain points
The Euros is just before the tour so I doubt he will ride that.
so if anything he will lose ranking points. (he will benefit from being in the top 10 ranking in cyclocross although he could get pushed out as not racing worlds)
so he could well be further down than he was last year, which was a contributing factor to finishing 4th.
I wonder what his schedule will be in the build up to the tour after the classics? If he wants to win the mtb worlds I would forgo the tour this year, but I highly doubt that will happen, I worry he's again putting to much on the plate.
Yeah, it's interesting. Those ranking points will go if he doesn't race much; his Road/CX ranking only helps in MTB World Cups were the 5th? row is for top riders in those disciplines. The Worlds is purely off MTB rankings.....he's currently 28, which is already 4th row. MvdP is even worse, and not ranked at all.
The points for Albstadt are interesting, as it's not on the calendar, so I'm not sure how that works; but Nove Mesto is middle of May, then there is a 2-3 week gap, and then 3 World Cups in June....If he's doing the Tour, then you can't imagine him riding many of them.
There is a Proffix Swiss Cup race the week after Nove Mesto to gain more points, but maybe they'll gamble if he's in good enough form that another poor starting position won't matter - and his 4th place was down to the bug he had the week before. He can get to the front, it's the energy lost. However, it's not what I'd do but they know what they're doing......