The International Cycling Union has carried out an evaluation of the sporting value of teams, taking into account the contractual agreements signed for 2012 with the best 15 riders before October 20, 2011, in accordance with article 2.15.011a of the UCI Regulations.
It should be noted that the team’s sporting value are partially determined results obtained in 2010 and 2011, by riders which are included in the 2012 team’s squads. The sporting criterion is crucial for the obtaining or retaining of UCI ProTeam status, in addition to compliance with ethical, financial and administrative criteria. The UCI has therefore established two lists.
The first list includes the names of the 15 top teams in terms of sporting value (by alphabetical order):
– Astana Pro Team
– BMC Racing Team
– Garmin – Cervélo
– GreenEdge Cycling Team
– Katusha Team
– Lampre – ISD
– Liquigas – Cannondale
– Lotto Cycling Project
– Movistar Team
– Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
– RadioShack – Nissan
– Saxo Bank Sungard
– Sky Procycling
– Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team
The second list indicates teams ranked 16th to 20th :
16. AG2R La Mondiale
17. Geox – TMC
19. Euskaltel – Euskadi
20. Team Europcar
Following this phase of the registration procedure and in accordance with Article 2.15.011b of UCI Regulations, the UCI reiterates that:
– A team ranked in the first fifteen places of the classification on the basis of sporting level is by this fact considered to have satisfied the sporting criterion.
– The sporting value of a team ranked between 16th and 20th places inclusive will be verified by the Licence Commission via a more detailed assessment.
– A team ranked lower than 20th shall be considered not to have satisfied the sporting criterion. The team can nonetheless apply for registration in the second division should they so wish
The next official information concerning the registration procedure will be provided after the November 1 deadline, when the UCI will announce:
– The registration of the UCI ProTeams with a valid 2012 UCI WorldTour licence which have meet four criterion;
– The registration of the teams which have applied for UCI Professional Continental Team Registration with an application in compliance with the regulations.
Teams not mentioned on the lists above will be evaluated by the UCI Licence Commission at a later time. This concerns in particular teams applying for a UCI WorldTour licence, which are automatically reviewed by the UCI Licence Commission. As of 20 November, the UCI will communicate the first decisions of the UCI Licence Commission. The final decisions of the UCI Licence Commission will be communicated on December 10th.