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The UCI ProTour teams in 2010

Added: sunday 29 November 2009 at 23:38:00
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    The UCI ProTour teams in 2010In September I announced here that Bbox Bouygues Telecom and Cofidis will no longer be part of the ProTour in 2010. In the same article you could also discover two new Canadian races which are now part of the ProTour calendar. Several teams were still waiting the final decision on their UCI ProTour license.

    This week the UCI finally published the list of the 17 teams which will be part of the UCI ProTour in 2010.


    In addition the renewal of expiring UCI ProTour licenses and the attribution of new licenses the UCI analyses the registration of each of the UCI ProTour teams every year. The UCI checks for each team whether it meets the rules, especially from an administration and finance point of view.

    The 17 UCI ProTour teams in 2010

    The following 17 teams have received a confirmation of their UCI ProTour license (in between brackets you'll find the year after which the license expires for each of the teams):
    • BelgiumBelgium

      - Omega Pharma-Lotto (2011)
      - Quick Step (2011)
    • DenmarkDenmark

      - Saxo Bank (2011)
    • FranceFrance

      - AG2R La Mondiale (2012)
      - Française des Jeux (2010)
    • GermanyGermany

      - Team Milram (2010)
    • ItalyItaly

      - Liquigas-Doimo (2010)
    • KazakhstanKazakhstan

      - Astana (2010)
    • The NetherlandsThe Netherlands

      - Rabobank (2012)
    • RussiaRussia

      - Team Katusha (2011)
    • SpainSpain

      - Caisse d'Epargne (2010)
      - Euskaltel-Euskadi (2010)
      - Footon-Servetto (2010)
    • United KingdomUnited Kingdom

      - Team Sky (2013)
    • United StatesUnited States

      - Columbia HTC (2010)
      - Garmin Transitions (2012)
      - Team Radioshack (2013)

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    Astana

    Astana

    Astana was one of the teams for which the license won't expire at the end of 2009 (their license expires at the end of 2010) but it was one of the teams for which the registration had not been approved after the initial analysis (just like the registration of Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Saxo Bank and Team Sky). These 5 teams have finally managed to secure their registration but for Astana the UCI indicates that because of the difficulties the team had in paying its riders wages in the past season, the CUPT President, M. Vittorio Adorni, had requested the withdrawal of the Kazakh team's license by the License committee last May. This request was postponed when the team found a solution for 2009. For 2010 however, the UCI has requested an additional bank guarantee to make sure the difficult situation the team had in 2009 won't happen again and that the request for Astana's license withdrawal should not be activated again.

    The UCI indicates that this request is not linked to the registration procedure of the UCI ProTeams, but that the request to withdraw Astana's license (...) will be reactivated if the bank guarantee will not be provided. The UCI also indicated that they have strong believe that this bank guarantee will soon be provided.

    After this announcement the winner of the Tour de France 2007 and 2009, Alberto Contador, announced that he will fulfill his contract which links him to the Kazakh team for one more year. After this announcement Oscar Pereiro, the Tour de France 2006 winner, told the press that he will come and help his compatriot in the upcoming season to realise his goals (Pereiro comes from the Caisse d'Epargne team).

    Lampre Farnese Vini

    Lampre Farnese ViniAt the end of September the UCI decided to renew Lampre Farnese Vini's (formerly known as Lampre-N.G.C.) license, but the UCI ProTour Council (UPTC) has refused the registration of this team. The License committee will now decide on a possible withdrawal of the UCI ProTour license for this team.

    The attribution of a UCI ProTour license and the registration as a UCI ProTeam are two different things according to the UCI: the UCI indicates that the attribution of the license is mainly based on sports, ethical and financial criteria, with regards to the past of the team and the guarantees it provides for the future while the registration is an annual procedure to check that teams have the contracts and budget in place to carry out their activities during the coming season.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Bedankt Thomas,

    Groeten Henk Scholten

    | Henk Scholten | monday 30 November 2009 at 6:49:19

  2. Het belang van het onderscheid tussen ´registratie´ en ´licentietoekenning´ van een Pro Tour wielerploeg ontgaat mij. Kan iemand mij de ´rationele´ van dit onderscheid toelichten?

    | Paul Provoost | thursday 03 December 2009 at 13:05:17

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