The UCI has announced details of the teams that have qualified for the new team time trial world championship races that make their debut in Limburg in the Netherlands next month. Open to trade teams rather than countries, all 18 WorldTour teams including Britain’s Team Sky qualify for the men’s race, as do a number of teams at UCI Continental and UCI Continental level – including Scotland-based Endura Racing.
Among the qualifiers for the women’s race is the AA-Drink-Leontien.nl team which announced yesterday that it would be folding at the end of the season. The team features several British riders including Olympic road race runner-up Lizzie Armitstead and former world time trial champion Emma Pooley.
Both races take place on Sunday 16 September, the women's on a course of 32.4km from Sittard/Geleen to Valkenburg, the men's having the same start and finish point but with a longer parcours of 53.2km.
Meanwhile, the UCI has also confirmed that Great Britain has qualified the maximum number of riders for both the men’s and women’s elite road races at the world championships. In both cases 14 riders have been enrolled, of whom nine will start in the men’s race and seven in the women’s version.
The full list of teams qualifying for the team time trials is shown below - the countries relate to the team's registration and not necessarily where it is actually based, so Italian outfits Farnese Vini-Selle Italia and Colnago-CSF Inox are shown, respectively, as being registered in Great Britain and Ireland, believed to be for financial purposes.
2012 UCI World Championships, Limburg
Qualification for Men’s Team Time Trial
UCI Africa Tour 1 MTN QHUBEKA RSA UCI America Tour 1 FUNVIC PINDAMONHANGABA BRA 2 UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM USA 3 TEAM OPTUM PRESENTED BY KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES USA 4 REAL CYCLING TEAM BRA 5 TEAM TYPE 1 SANOFI USA UCI Asia Tour 1 TERENGGANU CYCLING TEAM MAS 2 TEAM NIPPO JPN 3 CHAMPION SYSTEM PRO CYCLING TEAM CHN 4 TABRIZ PETROCHEMICAL TEAM IRI 5 AISAN RACING TEAM JPN UCI Europe Tour 1 SAUR SOJASUN FRA 2 ACQUA & SAPONE ITA 3 ITERA KATUSHA RUS 4 TEAM ARGOS SHIMANO NED 5 COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE FRA 6 ENDURA RACING GBR 7 TEAM NETAPP GER 8 ADRIA MOBIL SLO 9 BRETAGNE SCHULLER FRA 10 TEAM EUROPCAR FRA 11 ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI VENEZUELA ITA 12 LEOPARD TREK CONTINENTAL TEAM LUX 13 COLNAGO CSF INOX IRL 14 RABOBANK CONTINENTAL TEAM NED 15 AN POST SEAN KELLY BEL 16 TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN MERCATOR BEL 17 RUSVELO RUS 18 CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE POL 19 CAJA RURAL ESP 20 FARNESE VINI SELLE ITALIA GBR UCI Oceania Tour 1 TEAM JAYCO AIS AUS UCI WorldTour AG2R LA MONDIALE FRA ASTANA PRO TEAM KAZ BMC RACING TEAM USA EUSKALTEL EUSKADI ESP FDJ-BIG MAT FRA GARMIN SHARP USA KATUSHA TEAM RUS LAMPRE ISD ITA LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE ITA LOTTO BELISOL TEAM BEL MOVISTAR TEAM ESP OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP BEL ORICA GreenEDGE AUS RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM NED RADIOSHACK-NISSAN LUX SKY PROCYCLING GBR TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK DEN VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM NED
2012 UCI World Championships, Limburg
Qualification for Women’s Team Time Trial
1 RABOBANK WOMEN CYCLNG TEAM NED 2 TEAM SPECIALIZED LULULEMON GER 3 ORICA AIS AUS 4 AA DRINK LEONTIEN.NL CYCLING TEAM NED 5 HITEC PRODUCTS MISTRAL HOME CYCLING TEAM NOR 6 BE PINK ITA 7 DIADORA PASTA ZARA ITA 8 MCIPOLLINI GIAMBENINI ITA 9 RUSVELO RUS 10 FAREN HONDA TEAM ITA 11 LOTTO BELISOL LADIES BEL 12 EXERGY TWENTY12 USA 13 TIBCO TO THE TOP USA 14 SKIL ARGOS NED 15 VAIANO TEPSO ITA 16 DOLMANS BOELS CYCLINGTEAM NED 17 VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE FRA 18 KLEO LADIES TEAM BEL 19 CHINA CHONGMING GIANT PRO CYCLING HKG 20 S.C. MICHELA FANINI ROX ITA
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.