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World Tour teams face competition from African, Asian, European, & American trade teams

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.

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stumps [3183 posts] 3 years ago
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So, if my thinking is right, Sky enter a team for the world TTT and if they win they all wear the rainbow bands whenever they participate in a TTT during the following year  39

Or is it just the riders on the day that wear the bands ?

If its every team member it sort of cheapens the rainbow bands in my opinion.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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No rainbow jersey, just the right to have a logo. Classy.

Article 15: Distinctive sign for winning teams

The winning teams of the Men’s and Women’s events will be authorised to include a distinctive symbol on the riders’ clothing and the various media used by the team starting the beginning of the following season until the end of the season.

This distinctive sign must be submitted and validated by the PCC and the UCI Management Committee. It will subsequently be communicated to teams.

http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTYzNDI&ObjTypeCo...

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bikecellar [268 posts] 3 years ago
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70 teams in all but how many will start? If they all do it will be a long day for all concerned