Europcar and Project 1T4I, formerly known as Skil-Shimano, have been granted second-division Professional Continental status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Both squads had originally filed for a top-level ProTeam licence but failed to meet the UCI’s registration criteria.

Europcar and Project 1T4I were both named on the list of 22 2012 Professional Continental squads released by the UCI on Monday.

Unlike squads that hold a UCI ProTeam licence, Pro Continental teams are not assured a place in any of the UCI’s WorldTour races, such as the spring classics or Grand Tours. However, they may still enter these events if the event organiser allocates them a wildcard place.

The full list of 2012 UCI Professional Continental squads is as follows:

Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas (Bel)

Acqua & Sapone (Ita)

Andalucia (Spa)

Androni Giocattoli (Ita)

Bretagne-Schuller (Fra)

Caja Rural (Spa)

Champion System (Chn)

Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne (Fra)

Colnago-CSF Inox (Irl)

Colombia-Coldeportes (Col)

Europcar (Fra)

Farnese Vini (GBr)

Landbouwkrediet (Bel)

Project 1T4I (Ned)

Rusvelo (Rus)

Saur-Sojasun (Fra)

Spidertech, Powered by C10 (Can)

Team NetApp (Ger)

Team Type 1-Sanofi (USA)

Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (Bel)

United Healthcare (USA)

Utensilnord Named (Irl)

The list of 18 first-division ProTeam squads was released by the UCI at the beginning of December.

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  • Will Hirst

    Its been said before but teams like Ralpha Condor and Endura (especially after signing Downing) should have a crack at pro-continental. Performances in the Tour of Britain have shone that these teams can make it in the not so big as the world tour league.

  • Baz

    Yes, Mark, it’s a puzzle. Older bikies will doubtless be reminded of the heroic days of TI Raleigh, a thoroughly British team which, by the time its Dutch manager Peter Post had finished, was transformed, as far as its riders were concerned, into a thoroughly Dutch team. But that’s another story!

  • Mark Jones

    I can never understand why all these Italian teams are registered as Irish or British; can anyone explain why? And if you are registered in a country then shouldn’t you have riders from that country in your team. This always seems a funny one to me.