Eight teams confirmed for 2013 WorldTour season

International Cycling Union, cycling, UCI WorldTour, ProTour
Australia's Orica-GreenEDGE enjoyed a successful debut season in 2012 (Getty)

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has rubber stamped the registrations of eight ProTeams for the WorldTour and 13 second tier Professional Continental teams for the 2013 season.

The ongoing process, which comes at the end of each season, is based on a complex criteria which includes, “sporting, ethical, financial and administrative” grounds.

The UCI announced that Australian based Orica-GreenEDGE, Astana (KAZ), BMC Racing Team (USA), Cannondale (ITA), Lampre-Merida (ITA), Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL), Sky Procycling (GBR) and Vacansoleil-DCM (NED) are confirmed starters for the 2013 WorldTour season.

The eight confirmed ProTeam’s have current licenses through to the end of 2013 and were only subject to a review.

However in a likely nod to the current doping headlines, the UCI also said in a statement that those license approvals could come under renewed scrutiny if new information came to light.

“The UCI would like to make it clear that any significant change in the information used to establish the evaluation of the teams whose registration has been announced above will automatically be referred to the Licences Commission with the possible consequence of the withdrawal of the UCI WorldTour licence, the withdrawal of the registration or the suspension of the team depending on the seriousness of the case.”

Teams making the cut for the second tier include Thomas Voeckler’s well established Eurocar squad and the new IAM formation led by Australian Heinrich Haussler.

Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA), Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP), Garmin-Sharp (USA), Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank (DEN), the former Rabobank team (NED) and the second tier Argos-Shimano (NED) squad which is seeking promotion to the WorldTour, will be called before the UCI’s License Commission to advance their cases, as will FDJ (FRA) and Lotto-Belisol (BEL).

The UCI also announced that Katusha (RUS), Movistar (ESP) and RadioShack-Nissan (LUX) will be subject to deeper scrutiny by the Licence Commission.

The UCI said the first decisions of the Licence Commission concerning the awarding of first division licences and registration in first or second division will be made sometime after November 26th, while final decisions of the Licence Commission will be announced on December 10th.

UCI ProTeams (first division)
Astana (KAZ)
Cannondale (ITA)
Lampre-Merida (ITA)
Omega Pharma-Quick-Step (BEL)
Sky (GBR)
Vacansoleil-DCM (NED)

UCI Professional Continental Teams (second division)
Accent Jobs-Wanty (BEL)
Androni Giocattoli (ITA)
Caja Rural (ESP)
CCC Polsat Polkowice (POL)
Cofidis, Solutions Credits (FRA)
IAM Cycling (SUI)
Landbouwkrediet-Euphony (BEL)
Sojasun (FRA)
Team Europcar (FRA)
Team Netapp-Endura (GER)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)
UnitedHealthCare (USA)
Vini Fantini (ITA)

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