The 2014 UCI WorldTour Team List No Surprise

PARIS, Dec 10, 2013 - List of 18 teams qualified for the 2014 International Cycling Union (UCI) WorldTour, allowing them automatic entry to the major races on the calendar as well as the three Grand Tours: AG2R La Mondiale (FRA), Belkin (NED), BMC (USA), Cannondale (ITA), FDJ.FR (FRA), Garmin (USA), Omega Pharma-Quick Step (BEL), Katusha (RUS), Tinkoff (DEN), Lotto (BEL), Astana … [Read more...]

Tour of Beijing Amongst Most Watched WorldTour Races

The Tour of Beijing was amongst the most watched UCI WorldTour races in 2012 research by IFM Sports has revealed. Cumulated audiences show that the 2012 Tour of Beijing, which was viewed by 146.41million people, ranked in fourth position sitting behind only the three grand tours – Tour de France (2,378.47million), Giro d’Italia (407.54million) and Vuelta a España (355.80million). The … [Read more...]

Trek Acquires WorldTour License From Leopard SA

(Waterloo, WI USA & Luxembourg) - Trek Bicycle has reached an agreement with Leopard SA to obtain its WorldTour racing license to create a new team debuting in 2014. A named sponsor since the team's inception in 2010, beginning next year Trek will assume ownership of the team. While the new team's organizational chart and roster of athletes has not been completed, Trek will work to conserve a … [Read more...]

Team MTN-Qhubeka Is The First African Team To Start A WorldTour Race

African cycling is taking another step forward. This coming Wednesday, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take on its first season highlight at the Itallian race Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12, UCI WorldTour). This is the first time in the history of international cycling that an African team will start in a WorldTour race, the highest ranking of the UCI. The Professional Continental team will be … [Read more...]

China WorldTour Race Called Off For The Second Time

BEIJING, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) - A Chinese cycle race added to the World Tour last year only to be postponed seven months later has been cancelled again this season, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced. The inaugural Tour of Hangzhou was included on the cycling calendar last February and was due to be held in October, but in August the UCI postponed it for a year. At a … [Read more...]

Katusha Wins Appeal With CAS Over World Tour Exclusion

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PARIS, Feb 15, 2013 - Russian cycling team Katusha has won its appeal to the the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to be reinstated in this year's UCI World Tour races. World cycling's governing body, UCI, had excluded Katusha from the circuit in December, leaving them at the mercy of of the organizers of the major Tours as to whether they are invited to compete or not. The CAS … [Read more...]

Shunned Katusha Mull World Tour Legal Action

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PARIS, Dec 11, 2012 (AFP) - Katusha, denied a license to compete in cycling's elite tours next year by the sport's governing body the UCI, is threatening to challenge the ruling in the courts. The Russian outfit, who enjoyed a successful season largely thanks to veteran Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez, spoke out Tuesday 24 hours after being refused one of the 18 permits to compete on the 2013 … [Read more...]

WorldTour Teams For 2013, Saxo Bank In, Katusha Out

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PARIS, Dec 10, 2012 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank team was awarded a sought-after WorldTour license on Monday, confirming the Danish outfit's place in cycling's elite division for the 2013 season. Saxo, along with French outfits AG2R La Mondiale and FDJ and Belgian team Lotto, retained their place in the 18-strong top division, providing them automatic entrance to the sport's … [Read more...]

Contador’s Saxo Bank Sweats Over WorldTour Status For 2013

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PARIS, Oct 29, 2012 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank team must wait to find out if they are to be included in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) WorldTour division for 2013 after their omission from the UCI's provisional list of 15 teams released Monday. Saxo Bank failed to make the initial cut based on sporting merit, which took into account each team's top 12 riders under … [Read more...]

Team Saxo Bank maintains World Tour license

Team Saxo Bank tonight received the news that UCI's License Commission has decided to let the team maintain it's World Tour license for 2012. The License Commission based it's decision on the extraordinaire and unprecedented situation that created there evaluation procedure of Team Saxo Bank's WorldTour license and found that due to these circumstances, a withdrawal of the license could not be … [Read more...]