The International Cycling Union has carried out an assessment of the sporting value of teams, taking into account the contractual agreements signed for 2013 with the best 12 riders before October 20, 2012, in accordance with article 2.15.011a of the UCI Regulations.
It should be noted that the team’s sporting value is partially determined by results obtained in 2011 and 2012, by riders which are included in the 2013 team squads. The sporting criterion is crUCIal for the obtaining or retaining of UCI ProTeam status, in addition to compliance with ethical, financial and administrative criteria. The UCI has therefore established two lists.
The first list includes the names of the 15 top teams in terms of sporting value (by alphabetical order):
- Ag2r LA MONDIALE
- Astana PRO TEAM
- BMC RACING TEAM
- EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
- FORMER Rabobank
The second list indicates teams ranked 16th to 20th :
- 16. TEAM ARGOS – Shimano
- 17. LOTTO BELISOL
- 18. FDJ
- 19. TEAM EUROPCAR
- 20. TEAM SAXO – TINKOFF
- A team ranked in the first fifteen places of the classification on the basis of sporting level is by this fact considered to have satisfied the sporting criterion.
- The sporting value of a team ranked between 16th and 20th places inclusive will be verified by the Licence Commission via a more detailed assessment.
- A team ranked lower than 20th shall be considered not to have satisfied the sporting criterion. The team can nonetheless apply for registration in second division should they so wish.
The next official information concerning the registration procedure will be provided after the November 1 deadline, when the UCI will announce:
- The registration of the UCI ProTeams with a valid 2013 UCI WorldTour licence which have met the four criteria;
- The registration of the teams which have applied for UCI Professional Continental Team Registration and whose file is in order.
Teams not mentioned on the lists above will be evaluated by the UCI Licence Commission at a later time. This concerns in particular teams applying for a UCI WorldTour licence, which are automatically reviewed by the UCI Licence Commission.