Posted by Editoress on 11/2/10
On the basis of the dossiers received by the International Cycling Union and their evaluation in collaboration with the auditors Ernst & Young, the UCI will register the teams listed below in either the first or second divisions for the 2011 season.
It should be noted that to date, only first division teams with continuing licences which meet the required sporting, ethical, financial and administrative criteria as well as teams seeking to be registered in the second division which have provided dossiers considered to be in compliance, have been registered by the UCI.
The dossiers of other teams - and in particular those of new teams - will be sent to the Licence Commission. On November 20th, the UCI will communicate the decision of the Licence Commission on awarding the remaining first division licences and the registration of the other teams in the second division.
The final decisions of the Licence Commission (for teams that have been required to make their dossiers comply) will be communicated on December 10th.
Steve Bauer's SpiderTech p/b C10 (note the change in sponsor from Planet Energy) has applied for Pro Continental status (moving up from Continental), but is not among the teams named by the UCI, with 13 named today, including U.S. squads Team Type 1 and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.
Steve Bauer responded to the news by e-mail: "Disappointing is an understatement. However, the UCI require further verification of our file even though we have submitted the required documents."
"We will appear before the UCI license commission to supply any further information and ensure our team become the first Canadian Continental Professional Team."
The UCI is toughening up the criteria to make the ProTeam ranks (the new name for the first division ProTour squads), using the results from 2009 and 2010 for the top 15 riders on each squad to determine team rankings. Rabobank, Garmin-Cervélo, Omega Pharma-Lotto and Sky are the only confirmed teams to make the ProTeam level at this point.
The new Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project leads the rankings, and all 15 top-ranked squads will be able to receive or maintain ProTeam status on the condition, of course, that they also fulfil the ethical, financial and administrative criteria.
The three remaining ProTeam spots will be fought for by the 16th to 20th ranked teams: Eustaltel-Euskadi, Geox-TMC, Quick Step, Cofidis and AG2R. FDJ (which Dominique Rollin has just joined) and Pegasus Sports (formerly Fly V Australia, which Svein Tuft has signed with) will not be allowed to join the ProTeam division. SpiderTech is ranked 38th
The 2011 UCI Professional Continental Teams (second division) named today are:
Androni Giocattoli (Italy)
Bretagne - Schuller (France)
Caja Rural (Spain)
Colnago - CSF Inox (Ireland)
Europcar (France) - formerly Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli (Great Britain) - ISD-Neri
Saur - Sojasun (France)
Skil - Shimano (Netherlands)
Team Type 1 (USA)
Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (Belgium)
Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
UCI ranking of teams, based on 2009 and 2010 results of top 15 riders per squad:
1 Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project
2 Rabobank Cycling Team
5 Omega Pharma-Lotto
8 Sky ProCycling
10 Saxo Bank SunGard
11 Team RadioShack
12 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
13 Pro Team Astana
14 Movistar Team
15 BMC Racing Team
18 Quick Step Cycling Team
19 Cofidis Le Crédit en ligne
23 Pegasus Sports
25 Acqua e Sapone
26 Colnago-CSF Inox
28 Androni Giocattoli
29 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
30 Veranda's Willems-Accent
31 Team Type 1
32 CCC Polsat Polkowice
34 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
36 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
37 Team Netapp
38 Team SpiderTech powered by C10
39 Caja Rural
40 Colombia Es Pasion-Café de Colombia
41 De Rosa-Ceramica Flamina
42 Andalucia Caja Granada
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