UCI president David Lappartient defends promotion and relegation system: 'It certainly has its advantages for the competition'

The top-18 teams of the UCI's rankings based on results over the past three seasons will be awarded a three-year WorldTour licence

David Lappartient UCI president
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UCI president David Lappartient has defended the promotion and relegation system cycling's governing body will implement at the end of 2022, in spite of criticism from some WorldTour teams. 

Next year's three-term WorldTour licences will be awarded to the team who are in the top-18 of the UCI's rankings based on results over the past three seasons. Currently, Israel-Premier Tech and Lotto-Soudal are at risk of having their top-tier licence revoked come 2023, with both teams sitting in the relegation zone, according to Lanterne Rouge

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