WorldTour relegation watch – Lotto Soudal’s win-based philosophy

In 2023, the UCI’s promotion/relegation system will come 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 truly safe. In this series, Cyclingnews Examines the teams in the bottom half of the rankings and their prospects for 2023.

Cyclingnews spoke with Lotto Soudal manager John Lelangue about how the team found itself in the ‘relegation zone’ – in 20th place and facing possible exclusion from the WorldTour in 2023. (For a little context on what that relegation zone means, read our explainer on how the WorldTour points system works). Far from being fearful of relegation, Lelangue was optimism that the team’s strategy of aiming for victories will succeed.

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