An update from the UCI on the team selection for "World Tour"" status (these teams must be invited, and must participate, in all major races):
"At 2nd November, UCI had registered the teams already holding a current licence and whose applications satisfied the registration conditions set out in the UCI regulations.
The following teams were concerned:
- Astana Pro Team
- BMC Racing Team
- Lampre - ISD
- Liquigas - Cannondale
- Movistar Team
- Sky Procycling
- Vacansoleil-DCM* (*UCI decision on November 9th)
In accordance with the UCI regulations, the Licensing Commission was requested by the UCI administration to adjudicate on the refusal to register as well as the issuing of the UCI WorldTour licence to an applying team. As a result of the hearings held on 15th, 16th and 18th November 2011, the Licensing Commission has ruled as follows:
The UCI WorldTour licence was issued to the following teams:
- Katusha Team 2012-2015
- FDJ 2012-2014
- Lotto Belisol Team 2012-2015
- Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team 2012-2014
- Team Saxo Bank 2012
Team Europcar’s application for a licence was rejected.
In addition, the Licensing Commission acknowledged the withdrawal of the GEOX-TMC team’s application.
In accordance with UCI regulations, the applications of these two teams have been forwarded to the UCI administration, so that the latter may assess the possibility of registering these teams as Professional Continental Teams.
Finally, the Licensing Commission granted registration for the 2012 season to the following teams:
- AG2R La Mondiale
The decisions concerning the GreenEDGE Cycling and RadioShack-Nissan teams will be announced later – the Commission is currently waiting for the teams to provide additional documents.
Therefore, as it stands, 16 teams will take part in the UCI WorldTour 2012. In accordance with UCI regulations, a maximum of 18 UCI ProTeams may take part in the UCI WorldTour.
The full list of UCI Professional Continental Teams registered for the 2012 event will be announced on 12th December.
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