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  • BOb

    “global legal firm Deloitte”

    they’re an accounting firm.

  • ummm…

    So when is this squad going to be WT status? It is based upon points correct. Do the likes of FDJ or Lampre get massive points for doing there countries smaller races – whereas a team like MTN does not have that option? Or do they just not get the wildcard invites so that they could rack up points. I don’t follow points so I don’t really know how teams/riders do it. I’d hope that with their current line up that they can get into some races and win. I like the ethos of the team.

    • Dave

      “So when is this squad going to be WT status?”

      Quite probably 2016.

      There are currently 17 teams with the WorldTour having a capacity for 18 teams. All that MTN/TDD need to do is apply for the remaining licence in 2016 and meet the requirements, as it looks like there will not be any other competition for the 18th licence.

    • Dave

      “Do the likes of FDJ or Lampre get massive points for doing there countries smaller races – whereas a team like MTN does not have that option? Or do they just not get the wildcard invites so that they could rack up points.”

      No.

      WorldTeam riders currently only earn points towards the WorldTour rider/team rankings in WorldTour races. WorldTeams can race in lower-ranked races anywhere in the world (not just their country of registration) to satisfy sponsors or earn appearance fees or build form, but they currently don’t earn any points from the results.

      The same goes for teams getting wildcard invites into WorldTour events (e.g. MTN, Bretagne-Seche, Cofidis and Europcar at this year’s TdF) where they get the exposure for their sponsors by they don’t earn any WorldTour points from it. This will change in 2017 when there will be a unified point system with more points for higher-ranked races instead of separate WorldTour and Continental rankings.

    • Dave

      “I don’t follow points so I don’t really know how teams/riders do it.”

      Do well in races = win points!

      The individual ranking in the WorldTour is simply the sum of all the points earned by a rider in WorldTour events since they were were reset to zero before the start of the Tour Down Under which opens the season. From 2017 there will be one world ranking across all events and with riders on all teams, obviously with higher ranked races offering more points.

      The WorldTour team ranking is simply the sum of all the points earned by all the riders in the current season, also starting at the TDU. The top 16 teams in the WorldTour team ranking at the end of the season will go through to the next year if they satisfy the other criteria (Europcar did not have enough money to pay their riders and staff for 2015, so they lost their WorldTeam licence) while the 17th and 18th teams need to compete on Sporting Value.

      Sporting Value is the sum of the team’s five best riders and is used when there are more than 18 teams competing for the 18 WorldTeam licences. The Sporting Value uses the point totals of the season just completed, but can be those totals for the five best riders contracted during the completed season or the five best riders contracted in the squad for the next year.

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