How the WorldTour relegation battle is negatively impacting racing: 'Cycling shouldn't be like this'

Chasing points means that riders are being forced to change how and where they race

Vuelta a España peloton
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The elephant in the room of WorldTour relegation remains a topic that teams and riders do not want to discuss, but the matter is having notable effects on racing that is also damaging the spectacle.

In the autumn of 2019 the UCI introduced a three-year points system whereby the top-ranked 18 teams would secure a WorldTour licence for three seasons from 2023.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.