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  • Mark

    I’m confused, what do vasectomy experts have to do with China entering the WorldTour?

    • Dave

      Current Chinese consequence-based performance incentive program.

  • Dave

    The analysis of the teams fighting for the WorldTour licences is flawed, as it does not take into account Dimension Data being outside the top 16 (18th of 18 teams) and therefore joining Bora-hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida in a three way fight for two licences.

    Only one thing is guaranteed – that Bora-hansgrohe will get a WorldTour licence if they want one, courtesy of Peter Sagan having so many points that he’s in a narrow fight with FDJ, Lotto and Astana for positions 9-12 in the WorldTour Teams Ranking.

    Things that are not guaranteed:
    – that the UCI will manage to organise the process well enough that the team missing out won’t simply get CAS to give them their licence.
    – that Bora-hansgrohe will even want a WorldTour licence when they could get into any races they want (and skip any they don’t want) using Sagan’s star power rather than a piece of paper from the UCI. It worked for BMC in 2010 when they had Evans, Ballan, Burghardt etc
    – that this Chinese team and Bahrain-Merida will meet all the criteria other than the sporting results.

  • choppy

    what does jules think?

  • Nitro

    Make no mistake – the Chinese are coming…

    Don’t shoot me for mentioning the word “Triathlon” on cyclingtips.com, but if there’s a way to make money out of this, moves – serious moves – will be made…



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