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  • Added: saturday 03 December 2016 at 17:52:00

    One less rider in the Grand Tours (TDF, Vuelta, Giro) and the classics .. or not?

    One less rider in the Grand Tours (TDF, Vuelta, Giro) and the classics .. or not?Through a common press release sent out on 25 November around 7PM, the three big cycling race organisors:
    - Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O., organisor of the Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, the Critérium du Dauphiné and Paris-Tours to mention just a few),

    - RCS Sport (the Italian organisor of the Giro d'Italia, Tirreno Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Il Lombardia for example) and

    - Flanders Classics (the Belgian organisor of numerous classics: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Dwars door Vlaanderen [A travers la Flandre], Gent-W
    ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Tour de France| Vuelta a España| Giro d Italia| Classics
  • Added: tuesday 29 December 2015 at 05:42:00

    The 18 UCI WorldTeams for 2016 and the other teams

    The 18 UCI WorldTeams for 2016 and the other teamsAs 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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour
  • Added: thursday 11 December 2014 at 01:14:00

    The 17 UCI WorldTeams announced for 2015: OK for Astana, not for Europcar

    The 17 UCI WorldTeams announced for 2015: OK for Astana, not for EuropcarWhile 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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: monday 08 December 2014 at 22:41:00

    The reform of professional cycling: the latest news

    The reform of professional cycling: the latest newsThe last time we provided you with information about the the reform of professional cycling 2015-2020 was in April 2014, following the publication of the first edition of the "reform info" newsletter.

    Since then, we had the right to a complete radio silence about this topic, even though this is of interest for all actors of professional cycling, including the fans in the first place.

    In the most recent communication by the UCI we didn't get any further details, but velowire.com was able to find some further information anyway, which you can find exclusively in this article.

    The reform of professional cycling 2015-2020 goes on in the shadow

    In March, the first edition of the newsletter "Reform In ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)| UCI ProTour
  • Added: monday 07 April 2014 at 23:54:00

    The reform of road cycling goes on: riders and organisors comment!

    The reform of road cycling goes on: riders and organisors comment! ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)| Catching up with Jérémy Roy
  • Added: sunday 15 December 2013 at 22:12:00

    The 18 UCI ProTeams for 2014

    The 18 UCI ProTeams for 2014While you recently discovered the renovation project of professional cycling which entirely changes the UCI WorldTour and the status of a UCI ProTeam, the UCI this week announced the list of 18 UCI ProTeams for 2014.

    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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: tuesday 10 December 2013 at 09:00:00

    The renovation of professional cycling, bringing cycling to death?

    The renovation of professional cycling, bringing cycling to death?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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: tuesday 11 December 2012 at 00:07:00

    The 18 UCI ProTeams 2013 officially announced

    The 18 UCI ProTeams 2013 officially announcedWhile you might have discovered all secrets of the selection procedure for UCI ProTeams on velowire.com yesterday, it was this Monday that the UCI announced the verdict handed over by the licence commission.

    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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: sunday 09 December 2012 at 20:23:00

    The selection procedure of the UCI ProTeams explained - infographic!

    The selection procedure of the UCI ProTeams explained - infographic!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.

    How are the teams selected?

    We could resume the answer to this question quick ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: saturday 11 February 2012 at 01:43:00

    Yet another UCI WorldTour race in China in 2012, the Tour of Hangzhou

    Yet another UCI WorldTour race in China in 2012, the Tour of HangzhouAfter 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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour
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