The UCI has announced the it’s list of 31 professional women’s teams registered for the 2014 season.
Four teams topped the rankings with the Rabo Liv team being first, followed by the Orica-AIS in second. Boels Dolmans, was third, while American squad Specialized-Lululemon was fourth.
The top national teams were the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the USA and Australia.
The total number of women’s teams was down by three this year, as a result of nine teams either disbanding or consolidating with others. In the case of the Exergy team, they stepped back to the non-UCI ranks.
This year, UCI saw the addition of the American UnitedHealthcare team added to the ranks.
Press release: Registration of 2014 UCI Women’s Teams and automatic invitations
A first provisional team ranking was established on January 10th, taking into account the individual UCI points of the four best athletes from each team, as well as the UCI points won at the 2013 Road World Championships team time trial.
On the basis of this ranking, the best teams will automatically be invited to participate in the major events on the calendar, in line with articles 2.1.007bis and 2.14.004 of the UCI Regulations:
Moreover, the top five nations of the 2013 UCI nation’s ranking will automatically be invited to participate in Class 1 events in 2014. These nations are the following: the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the United States, and Australia.
2014 “provisional ranking”
1. RABO LIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM (Netherlands) 2352.25 pts
2. ORICA – AIS (Australia) 1858.5
3. BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM (Netherlands) 1619.75
4. SPECIALIZED – LULULEMON (United States) 1261
5. HITEC PRODUCTS (Norway) 1124.83
6. WIGGLE HONDA (Great Britain) 1044.5
7. TEAM GIANT–SHIMANO (Netherlands) 978.75
8. ALE CIPOLLINI (Italy) 809.25
9. RUSVELO (Russia) 776.5
10. ASTANA BEPINK WOMENS TEAM (Italy) 733
11. ESTADO DE MEXICO FAREN (Mexico) 470.08
12. LOTTO BELISOL LADIES (Belgium) 432
13. OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES (United States) 359
14. BIZKAIA – DURANGO (Spain) 307.5
15. BIGLA CYCLING TEAM (Switzerland) 245
16. SERVETTO FOOTON (Italy) 221
17. TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO (Italy) 180.60
18. S.C. MICHELA FANINI ROX (Italy) 174
19. UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM (United States) 168
20. LOINTEK (Spain) 112
21. VIENNE FUTUROSCOPE (France) 91
22. VAIANO FONDRIEST (Italy) 75
23. BTC CITY LJUBLJANA (Slovenia) 74
24. FUTURUMSHOP.NL – ZANNATA (Netherlands) 71.25
25. CHINA CHONGMING – GIANT PRO CYCLING (Hong Kong) 70
26. PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM (Netherlands) 67
27. TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – PRO – DUO (Belgium) 66.25
28. FIREFIGHTERS UPSALA CK (Sweden) 45
29. TIBCO / TO THE TOP (USA) 41.5
30. TEAM RYTGER (Denmark) 33
31. NO RADUNION VITALOGIC (Austria) 5
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