The UCI ProTour council (CUPT) has ruled on applications submitted for a ProTour license and has registered 18 teams for the 2009 ProTour. Each year teams are required to submit an application with full supporting documentation to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This procedure, which is carried out on the UCI's behalf by Ernst&Young, allows the UCI to ensure that all teams meet the requirements set under the regulations, particularly the legal and financial aspects.
The 18 ProTour squads for the 2009 season are comprised of AG2R - La Mondiale (Fra), Astana (Kaz), BBox Bouygues Telecom (Fra), Caisse d'Epargne (Spa), Cofidis (Fra), Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa), Française des Jeux (Fra), Garmin-Slipstream (USA), Katusha (Rus), Lampre-N.G.C. (Ita), Liquigas (Ita), Team Milram (Ger), Quick Step (Bel), Rabobank (Ned), Fuji-Servetto (Spa), Saxo Bank - IT Factory (Den), Silence-Lotto (Bel) and Team Columbia (USA).
Garmin-Slipstream and Katusha are new to the ProTour for 2009 replacing the defunct Crédit Agricole and Gerolsteiner squads.