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UCI News: Division 1 Teams for 2003

December 24, 2002- The UCI has announced the majority of the roster of 30 teams that will make up cycling's elite grade for 2003, the GS/1 first division of sponsored squads.Twenty-four teams submitted their personnel and financial details to the UCI by the December 20 registration deadline.

Details for five other Division 1 candidates arrived so close to the deadline that the UCI has decided not to list them yet, and will make a final decision on January 10, while a further five teams are Division 1 candidates but have not yet fulfilled all the requirements. A decision on those teams will also be made on January 10.The UCI also named nine of the ten teams that make up the 'Top Club' of teams, leaving the remaining place open for the moment.

2003 Division 1 teams (confirmed)

Fassa Bortolo (Ita)
US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor (USA)
Lotto-Domo (Bel)
Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone (Fra)
ONCE-Eroski (Spa)
iBanesto.com (Spa)
Rabobank (Ned)
CSC (Den)
Gerolsteiner (Ger)
Telekom (Ger)
Kelme-Costa Blanca (Spa)
Alessio (Ita)
Sidermec (Ita)
Saeco-Longoni-Sport (Ita)
Lampre (Ita)
Phonak Hearing Systems (Swi)
FDJeux.com (Fra)
Milaneza-MSS (Por)
Jean Delatour (Fra)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
Crédit Agricole (Fra)
AG2R Prévoyance (Fra)
Brioches La Boulangère (Fra)
Quick Step-Davitamon (Bel)

“Top Club” teams

Fassa Bortolo (Ita)
US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor (USA)
Lotto-Domo (Bel)
Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone (Fra)
ONCE-Eroski (Spa)
iBanesto.com (Spa)
Rabobank (Ned)
CSC (Den)
Gerolsteiner (Ger)

Teams likely to be confirmed January 10

Team Coast (Ger)
Domina Vacanze-Elitron (Ita)
Index-Alexia (Ita)
BigMat.Auber93 (Fra)
Fakta (Den)

Remaining candidate teams

Palmans-Collstrop (Bel)
Landbouwkrediet-Colnago (Bel)
CCC-Polsat (Pol)
De Nardi-Colpack (Ita)
Marlux-Ville de Charleroi (Bel)

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