Following their first meeting of this year’s Professional Cycling Council today, the UCI was pleased to announce that twenty 21 teams spanning four continents have applied for WorldTour status for 2017.
As part of the UCI’s reform policies involving men’s professional road cycling, teams are being offered the opportunity to apply for said licenses on a three-year basis.
According to the UCI, licenses will be granted based on a range of criteria including technical quality of the races and their role in the strategic development and promotion of the UCI WorldTour throughout the 2016 season.
The says, expansion of the UCI WorldTour will help fans’ interest across the world and throughout the year, and bring more attention not only to events joining but just as importantly to existing UCI WorldTour events, which will also be given a three-year licence from 2017.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “We strongly believe that with the reform of men’s professional road cycling there is a great opportunity to grow the UCI WorldTour with a number of new events, and create an environment where new investment can come into the sport.
“We are delighted to welcome such strong interest from around the world for the 2017 UCI WorldTour and beyond and the fact that we have had so many applications spanning four continents is testament to the growing strength of the UCI WorldTour brand. I am convinced that the addition of new high quality events will help the UCI WorldTour re-inforce its global profile as the elite series of cycling, and look forward to working with the current UCI WorldTour events, new entries and teams to develop our sport.”
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