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31 UCI Women's teams for 2014

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Cycling News
Published:
January 25, 2014, 11:42 GMT,
Updated:
January 25, 2014, 10:36 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, January 25, 2014
The 2014 Rabo Liv team

The 2014 Rabo Liv team

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USA, Australia earn automatic bids

The UCI has announced the registration of 31 women's teams to the professional ranks for the 2014 road season. It also ranked the teams based on the individual UCI points of the top four athletes from each team, and points from the 2013 UCI Road World Championship team time trial to determine automatic invitations for the class 1 events.

The top 20 teams in this ranking earn the right to participate in the UCI Women's Road World Cup, while the top 10 are automatically invited to class 1 (1.1, 2.1) events as do the top five national teams.

The Rabo Liv team of world champion Marianne Vos topped the rankings, with Emma Johansson's Orica-AIS in second. Boels Dolmans, led by Briton Lizzy Armitstead was third, while American squad Specialized-Lululemon was fourth over hitec Products.

The top national teams were the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the USA and Australia.

The total number of women's teams was down three, from 34 in 2013 to 31. Nine teams went away - most notably the Belgian Sengers Ladies Team, Bourgogne-Pro Dialog from France. The Cyclelive Plus - Zannata and Team Futurumshop.nl merged to form Futurumshop.nl - Zannata, and the Exergy women's team stepped back to the non-UCI ranks.

Among the new teams to the UCI peloton is the UnitedHealthcare women's team, already victorious in the first UCI race of the season, the Tour Femenino de San Luis, won by American Alison Powers, and the Bigla Cycling Team from Switzerland.

2014 UCI Women's 'fictitious' rankings

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
2 Orica – AIS    
3 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
4 Specialized - Lululemon    
5 Hitec Products    
6 Wiggle Honda    
7 Team Giant–Shimano    
8 Alé Cipollini    
9 Rusvelo    
10 Astana Bepink Womens Team    
11 Estado De Mexico Faren    
12 Lotto Belisol Ladies    
13 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
14 Bizkaia – Durango    
15 Bigla Cycling Team    
16 Servetto Footon    
17 Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
18 S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
19 Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
20 Lointek    
21 Vienne Futuroscope    
22 Vaiano Fondriest    
23 BTC City Ljubljana    
24 Futurumshop.Nl – Zannata    
25 China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling    
26 Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
27 Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro – Duo    
28 Firefighters Upsala CK    
29 Tibco / To The Top    
30 Team Rytger    
31 No Radunion Vitalogic    

 

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