Given the focus on QuickStep-AlphaVinyl’s two-day redemption arc and Jumbo-Visma’s improved Classics squad, the battle for UCI points was far from the main narrative off the Opening Weekend, but it was indicative of a season-long battle we will see between the teams fighting for a 2023 WorldTour licence 

With 18 WorldTour license slots up for grabs at the end of the season and more than 18 squads in contention – Uno-X, TotalEnergies, and Arkéa-Samsic are among those hoping to step up, the battle to accumulate UCI points to put towards the all-important ‘sporting criterion’ has been ongoing from day one of the season.

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