Tour de l’Avenir invitations – NCup rankings

Note 14/7/2018: invited teams now announced – http://espoirs.world/tour-de-lavenir-nations-confirmed/

There will be 24 teams on the start line of the Tour de l’Avenir on 17 August, with 15 of those invitations having been determined by the U23 Nations Cup standings as they were 60 days before the start of the race.

The 60th day is 18 June, and on 13 June the UCI published the NCup rankings which will be used to send out the compulsory invitations, which are sent to the top 15 teams in the standings on that date.

(Update 10 July: nations highlighted in bold have confirmed their attendance)

Rank Name Nation Code Points
1 SLOVENIA SLO 65
2 ITALY ITA 55
3 FRANCE FRA 50
4 GERMANY GER 42
5 DENMARK DEN 41
6 BELGIUM BEL 38
7 SWITZERLAND SUI 36
8 RWANDA RWA 35
9 NORWAY NOR 30
10 MOROCCO MAR 28
11 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 28
12 AUSTRALIA AUS 25
13 SPAIN ESP 21
14 ERITREA ERI 20
15 POLAND POL 20
16 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA USA 18
17 AUSTRIA AUT 16
18 ETHIOPIA ETH 16
19 SOUTH AFRICA RSA 16
20 BURKINA FASO BUR 14
21 JAPAN JPN 11
22 PORTUGAL POR 11
23 RUSSIAN FEDERATION RUS 11
24 PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA CHN 8
25 NEW ZEALAND NZL 8
26 MALI MLI 8
27 HONG KONG, CHINA HKG 5
28 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN IRI 5
29 IRELAND IRL 5
30 TUNISIA TUN 5
31 MONGOLIA MGL 4
32 MAURITIUS MRI 4
33 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO COD 4
34 SWEDEN SWE 3
35 KAZAKHSTAN KAZ 3
36 NETHERLANDS NED 1
37 ALGERIA ALG 1

Not being in the top-15 shouldn’t be a cause for concern to countries such as the USA in 16th place, or even The Netherlands (lying in 36th place with only 1 NCup point), who are certain to be invited irrespective of their position in the rankings. However, the system it does guarantee an invitation to Rwanda and Eritrea, all of whose points were gained in January’s “Coupe du Monde de l’Espoir Blue Line” in Cameroon.

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