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2022 Season Assessment: Breaking Down the UCI Crew Rankings

Season Breakdown: The 2022 street season is within the bag and so Spencer Martin has taken a detailed take a look at the crew performances. What does the UCI Crew level rankings inform about which outfits over, and below, achieved throughout the 2022 season?

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Tadej Pogačar didn’t win the Tour – however was his finest season but

With the latest working of Il Lombardia marking the tip of the 2022 WorldTour racing calendar, I’ve been taking a while to mirror on the developments we noticed emerge previously season and plan out the BTP low season content material. To kick off this reflection and re-examination, I needed to step again and take inventory of how every crew stacked up by way of the UCI level rankings.

Jumbo-Visma prime crew, however largely with out Primoz Roglič

Beneath are the highest 23 groups (18 1st division + 4 PT) so as of the UCI factors they gained from their prime 10 point-scoring riders all through the 2022 season (aka the UCI level rankings).

2022 Season High 23 Crew UCI Level Rankings

As we will see, Jumbo-Visma takes the highest spot within the UCI rankings for the second time in three seasons, with former powerhouse, Fast-Step, falling all the best way right down to sixth place.
And maybe even extra stunning, Jumbo-Visma additionally ranks as the highest crew in wins (tied with UAE), whereas Fast-Step fails to win the season-long ‘win title’ for the primary time in over ten years.

The primary tome Fast-Step wasn’t on on the highest step – Even with Evenepoel

2022 Wins, Podiums & High Tens per WorldTour Groups

And under we will see how my pre-season BTP NET projection mannequin stacked up towards the post-season UCI Crew Level Rankings.

2022 Crew BTP NET Projections In comparison with Their Remaining UCI Level WorldTour Rating Positions:
1) Crew Jumbo-Visma (1)
2) UAE Crew Emirates (2)
3) INEOS Grenadiers (3)
4) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl (6)
5) Bahrain – Victorious (8)
6) BORA – hansgrohe (4)
7) Trek – Segafredo (11)
8) EF Training – EasyPost (15)
9) Groupama – FDJ (7)
10) Cofidis, Options Crédits (9)
11) Movistar Crew (10)
12) AG2R Citroën Crew (13)
13) Israel – Premier Tech (16)
14) Crew BikeExchange (14)
15) Intermarché Wanty Gobert (5)
16) Astana Qazaqstan (18)
17) Lotto Soudal (12)
18) Crew DSM (17)

I’ll dive into crew efficiency in additional element after I do my weighted BTP NET Rankings for the approaching season, however under are a number of fast takeaways from these preliminary outcomes.

Vingegaard and Van Aert didn’t disappoint

Preliminary Takeaways:

1) Jumbo-Visma is formally biking’s new superteam

  • After a multi-year turnaround challenge, the Dutch crew is now dwelling to among the sport’s finest riders (Wout van Aert, Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard) and can exit the 2022 season with a Tour de France general title together with probably the most UCI factors and wins.
    • This is among the most troublesome achievements within the sport for the reason that single-minded give attention to successful an general title on the grand tour normally means a crew can’t compile sufficient wins and UCI factors to steer the WorldTour.
  • They may now head into the 2023 season because the undisputed finest crew within the sport and can have large expectations on their shoulders at almost each race the place they take the beginning line.

Alaphilippe was lacking from Fast-Step for a lot of the season

2) Fast-Step fails to take the ‘win title’ for the primary time since 2012

  • Up till 2022, the Belgian crew eschewed stage race outcomes to be able to rack up wins in one-day races and particular person phases.
  • Whereas 2022 was disappointing within the respect that the crew didn’t take the win title for the primary time since 2012 and produced their worst leads to the cobbled classics for the reason that founding of the crew in 2003, it was a large success in they gained their first-ever grand tour (Vuelta a España) and unearthed the game’s subsequent massive grand tour star in Remco Evenepoel.
  • Assuming the crew can dangle onto Evenepoel past 2022 (he’s being pursued by bigger-budgeted groups like Ineos), it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the crew units its monetary and sporting priorities going ahead.
  • Curiously, whereas their 4th place end within the UCI Factors rankings is technically disappointing, it’s the first time their pre-season BTP NET rankings have roughly aligned with their precise end, which displays that their previous outcomes have been extra a results of the crew’s construction producing an overachieving squad than pure expertise.

UAE Crew Emirates – Not all about Pogačar

3) UAE didn’t defend its Tour de France, and struggled to appear to be a cohesive crew at occasions, however produced their finest season ever

  • Tadej Pogačar’s UAE crew didn’t win the Tour de France for the primary time since 2020, however their 2021 low season spending spree appeared to repay as they tied for first within the win title and had been the one crew inside 2,000 factors of Jumbo-Visma within the UCI factors race.
  • This reveals us that whereas they appeared to wrestle to pick out the correct Tour de France lineup to assist Pogačar and to race as a cohesive unit within the races the place their celebrity wasn’t current, they are going to head into the low season viewing 2022 as a profitable marketing campaign and that they may probably emerge as the game’s most dominant crew in future years if they’ll discover the correct racing system to unlock the immense quantity of particular person expertise on the crew.

An excellent yr for the French

4) The French groups had a surprisingly robust yr

  • After years of struggling to take care of tempo with their competitors on the planet of hyper-advanced coaching, French groups produced a powerful 2022, touchdown 5 groups within the prime 20 and staving off relegation, which allowed them to maintain 4 groups within the 18-team WorldTour.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert – ‘the darling of 2022’

5) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert punched effectively above its weight

  • If Alpecin was the underfunded overachiever of the 2021 season, Intermarché, who completed second-to-last within the 2021 WorldTour rankings, is the darling of 2022.
  • With a particularly considerate team-building and in-race technique, the underdog Belgian crew was in a position to flip an 18th-place end in 2021 into an incredibly excessive Fifth-place end in 2022.
  • Most spectacular is the hole between their BTP NET projection of fifteenth and Fifth place end, which reveals that they actually maximized the expertise of their crew.

Alpecin-Deceuninck into the WorldTour for 2023

6) DSM, EF, and Astana are in determined want of a turnaround in 2023

  • Whereas Intermarché was flying excessive, three better-funded WorldTour rivals (DSM, EF, and Astana) suffered via completely terrible seasons the place factors, wins, podiums and prime tens had been extraordinarily exhausting to return by.
  • Whereas Astana and DSM struggled primarily as a consequence of weak rosters, EF’s extraordinarily giant delta between their BTP NET projected end (eighth), and their precise end (18th), reveals that their issues had been extra execution than expertise associated. I anticipate the American crew’s low season will embrace a big quantity of efficiency fact-finding to determine how this might have occurred.
  • Placing simply how poor the seasons of this trio had been into perspective, whereas DSM solely trailed AG2R by a single win, they completed over 2,000 UCI factors behind the French crew, which had a reasonably disappointing season itself.

DSM had their moments, however…

Subsequent week I shall be breaking down the highest 20 within the UCI level rider rankings earlier than stepping into the standard BTP low season content material of digging deeper into crew outcomes and developments from the 2022 seasons in additional depth, restarting the Weekly Switch Evaluation, and trying to challenge 2023 performances with my BTP NET sequence after the rosters are set in January. An vital notice is that if you’d like entry to all of those posts, you must be a paying BTP subscriber.

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# Spencer Martin is the writer of the cycling-analysis publication Past the Peloton that breaks down the nuances of every race and solutions massive image questions surrounding crew and rider efficiency. Enroll now to get full entry to all of the out there content material and race breakdowns. #

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