UCI announces 2018 pro teams; GreenEdge, BMC reveal new kits: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

December 12, 2017

Giro d’Italia keeping Plan B in mind as violence erupts in Jerusalem; UCI announces 2018 WorldTour, Pro Continental licenses; GreenEdge reveals 2018 Mitchelton-Scott kits; BMC Racing adds a touch of blue to 2018 kits; Fresh ink: Did four new Astana riders get team tattoos in Kazakhstan?; BMC Racing targets Santos Tour Down Under with winners of past four editions; Campagnolo returns to apparel business; Movistar sending strong team to Argentina for 2018 Vuelta a San Juan; Australian Cycling Academy to help give racers ‘options beyond sport’; Schwarzenegger, Sagan, and Mayor of Paris share findings on cycling to work; Video: Brazilian Evandro Portela sets record of 202 km/h on a bicycle; Video: Rapha Supercross Nobeyama Day 2.

UCI announces 2018 WorldTour, Pro Continental licenses

by CyclingTips

On Monday, the Union Cycliste Internationale announced 18 UCI WorldTeams registered for 2018 and, to date, 26 UCI Professional Continental teams. The announcement comes following a full review of documentation provided based on all criteria for attribution  — ethical, financial, administrative and organisational.

Fourteen WorldTeams were confirmed by the UCI, with four — EF Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Quick-Step Floors, and UAE Team Emirates — confirmed after consideration by the UCI’s independently managed Licence Commission.

Of the 27 applicants for Pro Continental level, 21 had their status confirmed by the UCI. New to Pro Continental status in 2018 are American squads Rally Cycling, Holowesko-Citadel and Hagens Berman Axeon. Five teams had their registration approved by the UCI’s Licence Commission — CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy, Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia.

Irish team Aqua Blue Sport was flagged as the one Pro Continental team whose status is still under review by the Licence Commission. The team issued a statement claiming it was confident its application to remain a pro team in 2018 would be concluded in the next few days, explaining that the UCI had asked it to submit additional documentation.