As usual at the end of the year, the licence commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) gave its verdict a few weeks ago, thus awarding the UCI WorldTeam level to 18 teams, but also awarding the Pro Continental status for the teams of the second division and the Continental status for the teams of the third division.
In this article you'll mainly find the list of UCI WorldTeams but also some information about the two other divisions!
The UCI WorldTeams get a licence for one or more years and these licences are awarded based on sports, financial, ethical and administrative criteria which are evaluated every year, even if a team still has a vali ...
While the UCI announced 15 teams which had been qualified to receive a "UCI WorldTeam" licence for 2015 early December, allowing those teams to participate in the UCI WorldTour race, the status of the Astana and Europcar teams remained to be confirmed.
The UCI promissed to provide the answer on 10 December latest and that's what they finally did late Wednesday night when we discovered that the Astana team was rewarded the licence while that's not the case for the Europcar team! Therefore, we'll have only 17 teams in the first division in 2015 and not 18 as usual.
The UCI WorldTeams (apparently the new name of the first division teams) obtain a licence for one or several years and these licences are awarded based on sports, financial, ethical and administrative criteria, kno ...
Below you can discover which teams wiill participate in the most important races next year!
The UCI ProTeams get a licence for one or several years and these licences are awarded based on the criteriia sports value, financial, ethics and administrative, knowing that these criteria are evaluated every year, even for a team which still has a valid licence. If you'd like to know exactly how it works, you can check out the article ...
A few weeks ago, several websites mentioned the overhaul of professional cycling based on a project presented by the UCI at the occasion of the World Championships in Florence last September. These websites then mentioned cicloweb.it as the source of the document and one could think of a leak but ... that was not at all the case!
Now the project has been presented in the different regulating bodies of cycling in the different countries, velowire.com would like to have a critical look at the project ...
The source of the official document about the renovation
As indicated above, several websites mentioned cicloweb.it as the source of the official document which presented the main elements of the renovation of professional cycling. The Italian website indeed published an article on 30 October presenting t ...> Read the whole story | 4 comments | shown 34125x
While everyone thought the choice for the last three place would be amongst the 4 teams placed from the 16th to the 20th places (except from Europcar which wasn't a candidate), these thoughts were based on nothing and were ignoring that the other criteria -as you've seen in yesterday's article- have the same weight as the sports criterion!
In this article you'll discover the final list of UCI ProTeams for 2013, with Katusha Team being left out and Team Argos-Shimano being the new entrant!
The 18 UCI ProTeams for 2013
On 1 November (announced on the 2nd), the first teams which had satisfied all criteria (among the 15 first placed te ...> Read the whole story | 2 comments | shown 4597x
We're still waiting for the list of 18 UCI ProTeams for 2013 to be announced (one shouldn't think that is surprising since the final official list is always announced in the second week of December and the UCI always announced 10 December as the official date for the 2013 list; what is surprising however is that the UCI didn't announce any early decisions around 26 November as they promised during the selection procedure), but we should soon find out which teams will be part of the top level teams in 2013.
While we're waiting for that final list, velowire.com thought it would be a good idea to have a more detailed look at the selection procedure since all aspects of it don't seem to be clear for many people! This article's infographic* is trying to give you a better idea about how it works and why some teams have to defend their licence before the licence commission while others don't.
After the Tour of Beijing, immediately for its first edition added to the UCI WorldTour in 2011, it's the turn for the Tour of Hangzhou this time. The Professional Cycling Council decided during its meeting on Thursday and Friday in Geneva to accept to modify the UCI WorldTour 2012 calendar and add this ... new race in China!
The Tour of Hangzhou, new UCI WorldTour 2012 race
The Professional Cycling Council or PCC is a body which was created in 2000 by the UCI which is presided by Vittorio Adorni, a former Italian pro cyclist, in the 60s and World Champion in 1968. Adorni is also a coopted member ...> Read the whole story | 3 comments | shown 2276x
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The list of 18 UCI ProTeams for the 2012 season has been finalised today.
Announced in several parts over the past few weeks, the list contains 13 teams which were already part of it in 2011, 3 teams which were part of it in 2011 but have changed since due to the game of mergers in the interseason, a team which makes its comeback (FDJ BigMat) and a completely new team, coming from Australia (GreenEDGE).
The 18 UCI ProTeams for 2012
As usual since last year, the sports criterion is the first being assessed by the UCI and this leads to a classification of the international teams which have requested a UCI ProTeam license.
On October 25th the UCI published the classification of 20 teams: the first 15 teams have by default qualified for the sports criterion.