Rally in the team time trial at the Giro Donne.

Rally reportedly planning to seek Women’s WorldTour license

Rally is eyeing a move up to the Women's WorldTour.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos

Rally is planning to file for a Women’s WorldTour license, VeloNews reports.

The US-based organization, which currently operates a men’s ProTeam and a women’s Continental team, is reportedly aiming to move the latter squad up to the WorldTour for 2022 and 2023.

The Rally women’s team has increasingly focused on racing in Europe in recent years. In 2021, the squad has made starts in four WorldTour events, in addition to making its debut at the Giro Donne. Clara Koppenburg’s fourth-place overall finish at the Vuelta a Burgos has been the team’s best result in top-division races so far this season.

Rally’s women’s squad has been a UCI-registered team since 2013, when it was known as Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies. A move up to the WorldTour would require the women’s team to pay minimum salaries to all of its riders, in addition to involving other aspects of increased financial commitment.

“We’ve grown every year since 2007 and this is the next step,” Rally team owner Charles Aaron told VeloNews. “This has been the goal since the formation of the women’s WorldTour.”

For now, there are nine teams racing at the Women’s WorldTour level, but the UCI is hoping to up that total to 15 teams.