RadioShack-Nissan and Vacansoleil-DCM’s WorldTour futures are to come under scrutiny after the pair emerged as the only two teams whose multi-year licenses were not initially approved by the UCI.
Astana, BMC, Garmin-Cervélo, Lampre-ISD, Liquigas-Cannondale, Movistar, Rabobank and Team Sky all had their existing licenses approved after satisfying the UCI’s sporting, ethical, financial and administrative and criteria.
But RadioShack-Nissan and Vacansoleil-DCM, who both hold current licenses that allow them to compete in all WorldTour races, must now go before the UCI’s licence commission on November 20.
New teams (GreenEdge and Lotto), those looking renew expired WorldTour licenses (Saxo Bank Sungard, Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Katusha), and those looking to upgrade from Professional Continental status (Geox-TMC, FDJ, Europcar, AG2R-La Mondiale and Euskaltel-Euskadi) will also compete for the seven remaining spots.
The UCI also announced 15 teams registered as Pro Continental squads for 2012, including Project 1T4I, the team formerly known as Skil-Shimano and initially rejected a WorldTour license.
Teams awarded WorldTour licenses
Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Movistar Team (SPA)
Sky Pro Cycling (GBR)
Teams awarded Professional Continental licenses
Accent Jobs–Willems Veranda’s (BEL)
Androni Giocattoli (ITA)
Acqua & Sapone (ITA)
Bretagne – Schuller (FRA)
Caja Rural (SPA)
Colnago-CSF Inox (IRL)
Project 1t4i (NED)
Spidertech powered by C10 (CAN)
Team NetApp (GER)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (BEL)
UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team (USA)