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Just a quick question on team mergers and rider transfers.

What happens to UCI points? Do the riders carry them with them wherever they go or if a rider moves to a new team will the old team keep them? And does that mean if Saxo and Liquigas merge will their points total just be whatever the riders left on their rosters earned?

I was wondering because a few teams like FDJ, AG2R and Rabobank are struggling, not as badly as Saxo Bank but still..., and I was curious to know if they could just sign a couple of riders at the end of the season (assuming they don't pick up enough points before then) to bump up their totals and ensure they get their license renewed?

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah, that's what Ag2r did last year, signing UCI points rich Iranians.

Weird about Rabo, because they have been in the top ten teams for pretty much ever.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I assume Rabo will throw everything they have at the TdF sending Mollema, Gessink and maybe Kreujswik hoping to get top 5/10 and some stage wins. It'd be nice to see Renshaw do well too.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Where you getting the stats to show Rabo are struggling?  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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http://www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template3/layout.asp?MenuId...

Currently 14 of 18, admittedly closer to rest of the big teams than the likes of FDJ and Ag2r but still not doing well.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I wouldn't be worrying to much about the UCI points right now, It'll chop and change as Rabo get into their kind of races, They have plenty of climbers, so more built around the longer and harder tours over the one day races. Ok, they didn't show much in the Giro, but ToC was theirs  3

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah, but its safe to say Saxo are screwed!