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The WorldTour is likely to stay at 17 teams in 2016, with a few name changes on the way.
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Cycling Central

7 Oct 2015 - 8:45 AM  UPDATED 7 Oct 2015 - 11:50 AM

The UCI has released the list of teams applying for WorldTeam and Pro Continental status in 2016, and it looks like there will be little change at the top.

No new teams have applied to enter the top echelon of the sport in 2016, with the total number of WorldTeams remaining at 17. In fact, the main difference seems to be cosmetic, with Cannondale-Garmin and Tinkoff-Saxo simpifying their names to Cannondale Pro Cycling and Tinkoff respectively.

Name changes are also in evidence at the Pro Continental level, With MTN-Qhubeka becoming Team Dimension Data and Europcar becoming Direct Energie. Bretagne-Seche Environement will also be renamed Fortuneo-Vital.

Continental teams looking to step up to Pro Continental level include Delko Marseille-Provence KTM and Swiss team Roth-Skoda.

Notably absent from the Pro Continential list is Drapac Pro Cycling. It is as yet unknown whether the team is not seeking Pro Continental status or has simply yet to file an application.

UCI WorldTeam applicants

Ag2r La Mondiale
Astana
BMC Racing
Cannondale Pro Cycling
Etixx-Quickstep
FDJ
Giant-Alpecin
IAM Cycling
Katusha
Lampre-Merida
Lotto-Soudal
LottoNL-Jumbo
Movistar
Orica-GREENEDGE
Team Sky
Tinkoff
Trek Factory Racing

UCI Professional Continental Team applicants
Androni-Giocattoli
Bardiani-CSF
Bora-Argon 18
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Cofidis
Cult Energy-Stolting Group
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Direct Energie
Dimension Data
Fortuneo-Vital Concept
Nippo-Vini Fantini
Novo Nordisk
Roompot Oranje Peloton
Roth-Skoda
Rusvelo
Tharcor
Topsort Vlaanderen-Baloise
UnitedHealthcare
Wanty-Group Gobert