World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has confirmed the identity of the 22 teams that will race in the 2012 season under Professional Continental licences, the second tier of the sport.
Some 15 teams had been previously been confirmed in early November as having successfully applied for Professional Continental status, and they are joined by two that failed in their bids for top-flight ProTeam status, Project 1T4i (formerly Skil-Shimano) and Europcar.
Five teams – Andalucia, Champion System, Farnese Vini and Rusvelo – were confirmed today as having had their registrations approved at meetings of the UCI License Commission in the second half of November.
Champion System, whose 2011 roster included four-time Tour de France stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu from Estonia, steps up from the Asia Tour, where it raced under a Continental licence this year.
Missing, of course, is Geox-TMC which failed to achieve ProTeam status for the 2011 season and with it a place in the Tour de France, which finally folded last week after it proved unable to secure a replacement sponsor.
The full list of UCI Professional Continental teams for 2012, in alphabetical order, is as follows (nb the country of registration is often adopted for financial purposes so may not correspond to the country where the team is actually based).
Team Country Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s BEL Acqua & Sapone ITA Andalucia ESP Androni Giocattoli ITA Bretagne -Schuller FRA Caja Rural ESP Champion System Pro Cycling Team CHN Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne FRA Colnago-CSF Inox IRL Colombia-Coldeportes COL Farnese Vini GBR Landbouwkrediet BEL Project 1T4i NED Rusvelo RUS Saur-Sojasun FRA Spidertech Powered By C10 CAN Team Europcar FRA Team NetApp GER Team Type 1-Sanofi USA Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator BEL UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team USA Utensilnord Named IRL
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