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by Mark Zalewski
November 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Top race organisers reduce team and peloton sizes in Grand Tours, Classics and other events; Provisional Australian NRS calendar released for 2017: Four races added, two return; UCI officially issues WorldTour, ProContinental licenses; WADA publishes 2015 testing report; WADA suspends Mexico City lab; Russian Paralympic Committee given long list of rules for reinstatement by IPC; CANYON//SRAM announces 2017 roster; An Post-ChainReaction solidifies roster; Former NFTO team loses title sponsor, in jeopardy of closing; Former pro found guilty after race crash caused rider death; Death of British cyclist who fell off cliff in Pyrenees ruled accidental; Cyclist breaks Billie Fleming’s 77-year-old record; Best of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
The UCI officially announced the recipients of WorldTour and ProContinental licenses today, ending the long controversy over how many WorldTour teams would make the cut. 17 applicants will receive licenses, with the 18th and final license pending review, as the Team TJ-Sport is a new applicant and has asked for more time with the application process.
“This is an exciting time and I am really looking forward to the arrival of new partners on the 2017 UCI WorldTour,” said UCI president Bryan Cookson.
“The confidence shown by both new and existing sponsors confirms the growing interest in men’s professional road cycling’s major competition. With new teams and a global calendar enhanced with new races, the forthcoming season promises to be more exciting than ever.”
Team Dimension Data can officially breathe a sigh of relief as they were on the bubble for making the cut next season, with the UCI wanting to reduce the number of WorldTour teams to 17. However, as has been widely reported, the UCI decided to keep the number at 18 for another two years.
It is also expected that the WorldTour will then reduce to 16 teams, with the similar drama that played out this year possible again at the end of 2018.
Click through to read more at the UCI.