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by Shane Stokes
October 6, 2017
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The UCI has released the list of applicants for WorldTour and Pro Continental licences for 2018, thus revealing that there will be no dispute for the 18 current top level slots as no new squads are aiming to join. In contrast, five outfits are vying for Pro Continental licences, with one of those – the French Vital Concept squad – new to the sport.
The other four previously competed at Continental level, but are now seeking promotion. They are the American squads Hagens Berman Axeon, Rally Cycling and Holowesko-Citadel. Also aiming to move up is the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias team.
The applications will be assessed by the UCI and its auditor EY, with the final list of licences to be announced at a later date.