While Sylvan Adams was very tough against the promotion and relegation system put in place in 2023, even threatening to challenge it in court, David Lappartient assured that nothing would change by next season.
David Lappartient does not intend to give in to the pressure. While Sylvan Adams, owner of the Israel-Premier Tech team, strongly criticized the promotion and relegation system put in place as early as 2023 concerning the World Tour, the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) took advantage of the Congress of the body organized on the sidelines of the Road Worlds in Wollongong to take stock of the situation. The former boss of French cycling has been firm about the implementation of this new system. “It’s sports. It’s not nice to be relegated but, in the case of football, if you are last in the first division, you go down to the second divisionsaid David Lappartient in comments collected by the specialized site Cyclingnews. It’s part of the sport, you have to accept the result. “Assuring that the leaders of the UCI are “aware of the efforts made by all the teams”, the boss of world cycling affirms that we must “also leave the door open to new entrants”.
Lappartient confirms the limit of 18 teams
Sylvan Adams recently said he was ready to go through with all the procedures if his team had to leave the elite of international cycling. To which David Lappartient responded in a firm and determined manner. ” Can they challenge relegation? It’s obvious but we are confident that our system will be validated, confided the latter. This system was validated four years ago at a meeting of the UCI Management Committee in September 2018 after long years of discussion. Recalling that a three-year period will be taken into account for promotions and relegation, which was “a team request” that the UCI accepted, David Lappartient recalls that “the race organizers wanted an automatic system of promotion and relegation”. A consensus that some now dispute, calling for an extension to 20 World Tour teams. To which the president of the UCI replied by an end of inadmissibility: ” We have set the limit at 18 World Tour teams, whether they are already license holders or potential new entrants “. It therefore seems that nothing will change for the 2023-2025 cycle.