This season TDE got an automatic invite to all World Tour level races. Next year that privilege will go to Alpecin – Fenix. They have to fight for points to get those automatic invites again for 2022, the PCT teams with the highest accumulated points by the top 10 riders of the team get them.
TDE biggest signing for 2021 has been Pierre Latour. He is one of the teams leaders along with Anthony Turgis, Niccolo Bonifazio and Niki Terpstra. Relying on Latour, a climber, for the very important points is in my opinion a bad idea.
On the .1 and .Pro level there are not many 2.1 and 2.Pro races that suit a climber like Latour. Sure, TDE might get an invite for races like Tirreno – Adriatico and Criterium du Dauphine but the level there is really high and its not easy to get results/points there.
Getting a big French rider who was seen as a big talent and still has a lot of potential probably feels like a big step for TDE but its worrying they are putting so many eggs in the Latour basket. Building a whole team around him with already 3 experienced climbers signed for 2021. Vuillermoz, Geniez and de la Parte doesn’t seem like the best idea for their ambitions to get the automatic invites again by being the best scoring PCT team.
Even their 2021 Tour de France invite isn’t a given anymore. There are 19 WT teams at the moment, CCC sold their license to Wanty so their spot is already filled up. With the NTT team still looking for a sponsor there are either 18 or 19 WT teams next season. 22 teams can ride the Tour. So thats 19 + Alpecin – Fenix who is in for sure+ Arkéa – Samsic + B&B Hotels both very likely to be chosen above TDE, that is 22 teams already. The only way TDE can get a Tour invite at this point is NTT not finding a sponsor.
What do you think about TDE?