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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion
Friday, January 9, 2015

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Team Europcar Now Pro Continental Squad

Because of the lack of financial guarantees a Pro Tour team is required to give, the French Europcar team has been downgraded to Pro Continental status for 2015. This press release from the UCI confirms the new status of Team Europcar:

"The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announced that it has registered Team Europcar as a UCI Professional Continental Team for the 2015 season.

"The UCI Licence Commission had denied the Team Europcar the status of UCI WorldTeam for the 2015 season, considering that the team had not fulfilled the necessary financial criteria. The UCI Licence Commission left the UCI to reassess the team’s file with a view to registering it as a UCI Professional Continental Team.

"On the basis of the new file provided, the UCI considers that Team Europcar has secured sufficient financial guarantees as required by UCI regulations."

Team Europcar

Team Europcar being presented at the 2014 Tour de France. Sirotti photo

So, here are the Pro Teams that have UCI World Tour license for 2015

I've also noted each team's nationality.

AG2R LA MONDIALE - France
ASTANA PRO TEAM - Kazakhstan
BMC RACING TEAM - USA
ETIXX - QUICK STEP - Belgium
FDJ - France
IAM CYCLING - Switzerland
LAMPRE - MERIDA - Italy
LOTTO SOUDAL - Belgium
MOVISTAR TEAM - Spain
ORICA GreenEDGE - Australia
TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN - USA               
TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN - Germany
TEAM KATUSHA - Russia 
TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO - Netherlands
TEAM SKY - Great Britains
TINKOFF - SAXO - Russia
TREK FACTORY RACING - USA

2015 Pro Continental Teams

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI- Italy
BARDIANI CSF - Italt
BORA-ARGON- Germany
BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT - France
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA - Spain
CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE - Poland
COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS - France
COLOMBIA - Columbia
CULT ENERGY PRO CYCLING - Denmark
DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING - Australia
MTN - QHUBEKA - South Africa
NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - Italy
RUSVELO - Russia
TEAM EUROPCAR - France
TEAM NOVO NORDISK - USA
TEAM ROOMPOT - Netherlands
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE - Belgium
UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM - USA
WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT - Belgium
YELLOW FLUO - Italy   


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