We arrive at the Tour de France with the most equal ranking of the whole season, 8 teams separated by less than 1800 points and only 21 points between Lotto Soudal and BikeExchange, on either side of the relegation zone. Up until the National Championships, we estimate that 59% of the total points for the 2022 season have been distributed, so there are still many opportunities for the teams in the relegation zone to save themselves or ample time for those in a precarious position to fall late.
It was another exciting De Brabantse Pijl edition, one of the most underrated races on the UCI calendar. After making an elite 10-man group, Magnus Sheffield looked very strong as he was pacing on the climbs, making others suffer. The American attacked late as INEOS had multiple options, Ben Turner and Tom Pidcock, in the group, and won his first classic only at age 19.