New Veloconcept team makes UCI Women's WorldTour via invitation ranking

Boels Dolmans, Wiggle High5 and Vos' WM3 team top the list

The new team of time trial world champion Amber Neben, Team Véloconcept Women, has been guaranteed invitations to the UCI Women's WorldTour events by virtue of their top 10 ranking in the UCI's 'Invitational Ranking', the team announced this week.

The top 20 teams in the Invitational Rankings are guaranteed entry into Women's World Tour one-day-races, and the top 15 for the top stage races. Boels Dolmans, which dominated the UCI Women's WorldTour last season with Megan Guarnier and won the Worlds road race with Amalie Dideriksen, led the rankings ahead of Wiggle High5 and Marianne Vos' new WM3 squad.

Team Véloconcept was 10th in the rankings, which are calculated by the UCI "based on a sport evaluation made by the UCI administration on the teams registered". The Danish team is part of Bjarne Riis and former Saxo Bank CEO Lars Seier's cycling project together with the men's Continental team.

"We have great ambitions for the team this season and the seasons to come. This year we are going to find our place among the other teams, and the women are going to learn to race like a team," Bjarne Riis said in a press release. "I am very excited for the start of the season, and I look forward to see them race for victory."

Neben heads up the team with compatriot Carmen Small, five Danish riders, two Swedes and one each from New Zealand, Israel, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

"It is really great that we now have a Danish team among the top 10 in the world and access to all the big races. Now it is up to us to show that we deserve to be here. But it is cool, and the riders are thrilled and really motivated," team manager Bo Handberg Madsen said.

"It is very important for the planning and the structure of the season. Now we are able to sit down in the training camp and make a plan and set goals for each rider. It gives a lot of peace for the team."

2017 UCI 'Invitational Ranking'

1Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam4244 pts
2Wiggle High52786 
3WM3 Pro Cycling Team2483 
4Team Sunweb2480 
5Canyon SRAM Racing1992 
6Orica Scott1867 
7Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling Team1684 
8Ale Cipollini1563 
9Cylance Pro Cycling1406 
10Team Veloconcept Women1013 
11Bepink Cogeas872 
12Hitec Products856 
13Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team840 
14Lensworld - Kuota802 
15FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope784 
16BTC City Ljubljana754 
17Lotto Soudal Ladies646 
18Astana Women's Team610 
19Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank550 
20Servetto Giusta510 
21S.C. Michela Fanini497 
23Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team401 
24Bizkaia - Durango346 
25Sho-Air Twenty20342 
26Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team264 
27Aromitalia Vaiano215 
29Top Girls Fassa Bortolo131 
30Team Wnt Pro Cycling115 
31Sport Vlaanderen - Etixx107 
32Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling105 
33Rally Cycling96 
34China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling65 
35Weber Shimano Ladies Power60 
37Hagens Berman / Supermint46 
38Giusfredi Bianchi43 
39Team Illuminate23 
41Minsk Cycling Club13 
41Valcar PBM13 





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