In 2022 there were 25 teams at start line. The following 7 Pro Teams were at start line: Arkea, Alpecin, Total, Bingoal, Sport Vlaanderen, B&B and Uno-X
For 2023, let's assume they will fill all 25 spots again, meaning 7 wild cards. I think it's pretty obvious who will get them:
I don't see any other ProTeam really challenge any of these 7.
- Lotto - Automatic
- Total - Automatic
- Israel - Automatic
- Uno-X - Good cobble squad and seems to have a good relationship with ASO.
- Bingoal - A team more or less designated for flat classics, should be in.
- Flanders Baloise - A team more or less designated for flat classics, should be in.
- Q36,5 - Devriendt was 4th last year. In lack of other ProTeams with a solid cobble classics department, that should be enough.
Not concerned by 50. 40 doesn't seem too bad. Top 30 I think is too restrictive.
And in monuments and WT one dayers with 25 teams that's just gonna mean the same teams over and over... and because they have the best chances to score points because they do those races, they race into a huge lead in the points.We'll also have to see how the new system, where the points from the top 20 riders count, will affect the rankings. I assume it will make it easier for ProTeams to outscore the Conti teams. If the top 30 only consists of WT and ProTeams, then you still don't even have to be among the best 50% of ProTeams to be in consideration for a wildcard.
The Spanish teams have of course had a hard time making the top 30 in the past, but if it means that only the storngest of them get to ride the Vuelta, then it's fine by me (as long as it's Euskaltel of course. I'm still mad they won't be riding it this year when Carlos Canal would 100% win a stage).
I don't think this is intended to overwrite the rule whereby only ProTeams can be given Wild Cards for WT races.If the top 30 only consists of WT and ProTeams, then you still don't even have to be among the best 50% of ProTeams to be in consideration for a wildcard.
It is only GTs that this top 30 rule is to apply to (unless there is some unpublicised intention to extend it further): if a race organiser wants to invite a PT that was outperformed by a couple of dozen Conti teams in the previous season to their monument, they are welcome to.And in monuments and WT one dayers with 25 teams that's just gonna mean the same teams over and over... and because they have the best chances to score points because they do those races, they race into a huge lead in the points.
I'd think so, even if it's possible to read "a 'wild-card' invitation from a Grand Tour organiser" as if it included other races by the same organiser. Makes no sense to me at all when Flanders Classics could invite everyone they want for the Ronde, but ASO only Top 30/40/50 for Roubaix.Are we sure its just for the Grand Tours? The wording makes it sound like any race that is organised by the ASO/RCS?
Being French Total are most likely ok in July, no sympathy for them if they are not.with Uno-X and Tudor setting up great teams, and Lotto and Israel getting good points, I fear for Total, Bardiani, Eolo-Polti, and the Spanish pro-conti teams for the future GT wild cards. there will be heartbreaks in the next few years for sure