WorldTour relegation watch – Israel-Premier Tech’s survival strategy

In 2023, the UCI’s promotion / relegation system will go into effect for the first time, limiting the number of WorldTour teams to the 18 highest-ranking teams in the combined 2020-2022 World Rankings for teams. At least 22 teams are aiming for those 18 positions and, other than the top five teams, no team is safe. In this series, Cyclingnews examines the teams in the bottom half of the rankings and their prospects for 2023.

Cyclingnews spoke with Israel-Premier Tech manager Kjell Cärlstrom about how illness and injury have put the team in a most unexpected place with Lotto Soudal in the ‘relegation zone’ – in 19th. For a little context on what that relegation zone means
– read our explainer on how the WorldTour points system works. The team are heading to Giro d’Italia to win stages and hope to turn their bad luck around.

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