Arkea-Samsic continue UCI points quest with Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne podium

KUURNE, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Caleb Ewan of Australia and Team Lotto Soudal on second place, race winner Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team Quick-Step - Alpha Vinyl and Hugo Hofstetter of France and Team Arkéa - Samsic on third place pose on the podium ceremony after the 74th Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne 2022 a 195,1km race from Kuurne to Kuurne / @KuurneBxlKuurne / on February 27, 2022 in Kuurne, Belgium. (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
Hugo Hofstetter (right) celebrates his third place finish on the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne podium (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images))

Given the focus on QuickStep-AlphaVinyl's two-day redemption arc and Jumbo-Visma's improved Classics squad, the battle for UCI points was far from the main narrative of the Opening Weekend, but it was indicative of a season-long battle we will see between the teams fighting for a 2023 WorldTour licence 

With 18 WorldTour license slots up for grabs at the end of the season and more than 18 squads in contention – Uno-X, TotalEnergies, and Arkéa-Samsic are among those hoping to step up, the battle to accumulate UCI points to put towards the all-important 'sporting criterion' has been ongoing from day one of the season.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix