GreenEDGE WorldTour application pending

GreenEDGE general manager Shayne Bannan launches his new team in Adelaide at January's Tour Down Under. Photo: Getty

Fledgling Australian outfit GreenEDGE has been asked to supply further documentation in its bid to secure a UCI WorldTour licence for the 2012 season.

A decision on the applications of GreenEDGE and the newly merged RadioShack-Nissan team “will be announced later” with the UCI Licence Commission “currently waiting for the teams to provide additional documentation”.

The UCI earlier this month confirmed the first eight teams that had secured top tier status, among them Australian Tour de France champion Cadel Evans’s BMC Racing outfit. Vacansoleil-DCM was a late addition on November 9.

The international governing body granted registration for 2012 to AG2R La Mondiale and Euskaltel-Euskadi overnight and, as it stands, 16 teams will compete in the 2012 WorldTour with a maximum of 18 allowed.

GreenEDGE was named with four other new or existing outfits seeking a licence or licence renewal including Lotto-Belisol, Saxo Bank, Omega Pharma - Quick Step and Katusha earlier this month.

The UCI released a statement overnight confirming a WorldTour licence to Katusha (2012-2015), FDJ (2012-2014), Lotto-Belisol (2012-2015), Omega Pharma - Quick Step (2012-2014) and a one-year renewal for Saxo Bank.

Team Europcar’s application for a top-tier licence was rejected. The full list of UCI Professional Continental team registered for 2012 will be announced on December 12.

GEOX-TMC team withdrew its WorldTour application.

2012 UCI World Tour teams named to date

Astana
BMC Racing
Garmin-Cervélo
Lampre - ISD
Liquigas - Cannondale
Movistar
Rabobank
Sky Procycling
Vacansoleil-DCM
AG2R La Mondiale
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Katusha
FDJ
Lotto Belisol
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
Saxo Bank

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