RadioShack-Nissan and GreenEdge are still awaiting the official green light to race the 2012 WorldTour.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is waiting for additional documentation from the teams to make a final decision on whether they will be awarded a ProTeam licence to enable them to race in cycling’s top tier in 2012.
The Luxembourg-based RadioShack-Nissan squad is an amalgamation of the RadioShack and Leopard-Trek teams, both of which raced with ProTeam licences in 2011. GreenEdge is a new Australian-based outfit.
Euskaltel-Euskadi, Ag2r La Mondiale, Katusha, FDJ, Lotto Belisol, Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Saxo Bank were all awarded a ProTeam licence on Monday.
In order to register as a ProTeam, squads must meet the UCI’s strict criteria in the following categories: sporting, ethical, financial and administrative. All applications are audited by Ernst & Young.
Europcar has had its ProTeam application rejected, and the troubled Geox-TMC team has now withdrawn its application. Both squads are now being considered for second-tier, Professional Continental status by the UCI’s licence commission.
It brings the total of registered squads to 16 from a maximum of 18.
A list of Professional Continental registered teams will be issued by the UCI on December 12.
Teams registered for 2012 season
Ag2r La Mondiale (France)
Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Movistar Team (Spain)
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (Belgium)
Saxo Bank (Denmark)
Sky Procycling (Great Britain)