The so-called silly season is well under way as riders and teams make future plans, changes and transfers ahead of the 2020 season. In fact, 2020 marks a particularly special year whereby the UCI will launch the brand new two-tiered teams system that will change the landscape of professional women's cycling.
The two levels of teams are classified as WorldTeams and Continental Teams, and the transfer market is swirling with possibilities as riders and management reach contract agreements.
There was much controversy and speculation as to how many women's teams could feasibly make the jump up to the top tier given the new financial requirements that include a minimum salary along with social insurances and benefits.
The UCI had hoped for five WorldTeams in 2020, and were pleasantly surprised to receive eight applications: Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar Team Women, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo.
Boels Dolmans – the current number-one women's team in the world – submitted an application, but had it declined. Applicants must be able to offer a four-year guarantee – however, the team's title sponsors, Boels Rental and Dolmans, announced at the World Championships that they would end sponsorship of the team after the 2020 season.
WNT-Rotor stated that they had applied for a WorldTeam licence, but the team was not among the eight squads on the UCI list.
We'll update this page regularly, making it the place to keep track of all the ins and outs in women's professional cycling ahead of the 2020 season.
Alé BTC Ljubljana
In: Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling), Mavi Garcia (Movistar Team Women), Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec), Eugenia Bujak (BTC), Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand Women's Cycling), Mavi Garcia (Movistar), Anastasiia Chursina (BTC), Urša Pintar (BTC), Maaike Boogaard (BTC), Urška Žigart (BTC), Urška Bravec (BTC)
Out: Chloe Hosking (Rally UHC), Jelena Eric (Movistar Team Women), Romy Kasper (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Soraya Paladin (CCC-Liv), Karlijn Swinkels (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Marjolien Van 'T Geloof (Drops),
Extended: Eri Yonamine, Anna Trevisi,
Extended: Alena Amialiusik, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Elena Cecchini, Tiffany Cromwell, Tanja Erath, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Rotem Gafinovitz, Ella Harris, Lisa Klein, Hannah Ludwig, Kasia Niewiadoma, Christa Riffel, Alexis Ryan and Omer Shapira.
In: Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini), Marta Jaskulska, Aurela Nerlo
Extended: Marianne Vos, Valerie Demey, Evy Kuijpers, Sabrina Stultiens, Riejanne Markus, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Agnieszka Skalniak, Inge van der Heijden
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
In: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla), Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB),
Out: Greta Richioud (Hitec Products-BikeSport), Coralie Demay (La Charente Maritime)
Extended: Stine Borgli, Clara Copponi, Eugenie Duval, Emilia Fahlin, Maelle Grossetete, Victorie Guilman, Lauren Kitchen, Marie Le Net, Evita Muzic, Jade Wiel, Shara Gillow
In: Jessica Roberts, Sofie De Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Janneke Ensing (Ale Cipollini)
Extended: Annemiek van Vleuten, Grace Brown, Lucy Kennedy, Moniek Tenniglo, Gracie Elvin, Jessica Allen, Georgia Williams, Sarah Roy
Movistar Team Women
In: Katrine Aalerud (Virtu Cycling), Jelena Eric (Ale Cipollini), Barbara Guarischi (Virtu Cycling),
Out: Roxane Fournier (Casa Dorada), Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana), Malgorzata Jasinska (Casa Dorada)
Extended: Aude Biannic, Alicia Gonzalez Blanco, Sheyla Gutierrez, Eider Merino, Laurdes Oyarbide Jimenez, Paula Patino, Gloria Rodriguez, Alba Teruel,
In: Alison Jackson (Tibco-SVB), Wilma Olausson, Anna Henderson (Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm)
Out: Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo),
Extended: Susanne Andersen, Floortje Mackaij, Pernille Mathiesen, Julia Soek, Coryn Rivera, Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert, Juliette Labous, Franziska Koch, Pfeiffer Georgi
In: Lucinda Brand (Sunweb), Elynor Bäckstedt
Extended: Lizzie Deignan, Ellen Van Dijk, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Lauretta Hanson, Lotta Henttala, Elisa Longo Borghini, Letizia Paternoster, Anna Plichta, Abigail Van Twisk, Tayler Wiles, Ruth Winder, Trixi Worrack
Bigla Pro Cycling
In: Clara Koppenburg (WNT-Rotor), Niamh Fisher-Black, Kathrin Stirnemann, Marlen Reusser (WCC Team)
Out: Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Julie Leth (WNT-Rotor)
Extended: Elise Chabbey
Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
In: Lonneke Uneken (Hitec Products-Birk Sports)
Extended: Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Karol-Ann Canuel, Skylar Schneider
InstaFund La Prima
In: Gillian Ellsay (Rally-UHC), Gabrielle Traxler (Charente-Maritime), Rachel Langdon, Claire Cameron, Ngaire Barraclough, Sonia Taylor, Elizabeth Gin
Extended: Anna Talman, Isabella Bertold, Beth-Ann Orto, Esta Bovill, Kristen Kit
Lotto Soudal Ladies
In: Lone Meertens (Keukens Redant), Christina Siggaard (Team Virtu Cycling), Arianna Fidanza (Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria), Teuntje Beekhuis (Biehler Pro Cycling Team), Jesse Vandenbulcke (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport), Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops)
Out: Chantal Hoffman (retired)
Extended: Lotte Kopecky, Thi That Nguyen, Julie Van De Velde, Annelies Dom, Dani Christmas, Danique Braam, Alana Castrique, Cameron Vandenbroucke
In: Romy Kasper (Ale Cipollini), Anouska Koster (Virtu Cycling), Hanna Nilsson (BTC City Ljubljana), Karlijn Swinkels (Ale Cipollini), Nancy van der Burg (Jos Feron Lady Force), Amber van der Hulst
Out: Sofie De Vuyst (Mitchelton-Scott), Roxanne Knetemann (Retired), Meike Winkel (retired), Janine van der Meet (Retired)
Extended: Lorena Wiebes, Ann Sofie Duyck, Demi Vollering, Femke Marcus, Esther van Veen, Sylvie Swinkels, Nina Buysman, Belle De Gast, Marit Raaijmakers, Sofie De Boer, Fleur Nagengast,
Rally UHC Cycling
In: Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini), Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint), Lily Williams (Hagens Berman-Supermint),
Out: Gillian Ellsay (Instafund La Prima), Kristi Lay (retired), Abigail Mickey (retired)
Extended: Allison Beveridge, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, Heidi Franz, Megan Jastrab, Sara Poidevin, Emma White, Sara Bergen
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
In: Julie Leth (Bigla Pro Cycling), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Valcar-Cylance)
Out: Clara Koppenburg (Bigla), Janneke Ensing (Mitchelton-Scott)
Extended: Claudia Koster, Kirsten Wild, Lisa Brennauer, Aafke Soet, Laura Asencio
Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
In: Erica Clevenger, Jenelle Crooks (Mitchelton-Scott), Kristen Faulkner, Sarah Gigante, Diana Peñuela (Ale Cipollini)
Out: Lex Albrecht (Macogep Tornatech Specialized), Brodie Chapman (FDJ), Alice Cobb (Charente-Maraitime), Ingrid Drexel, Megan Guarnier, Rebecca Durrell (CAMS-Tifosi), Anna Henderson (Sunweb), Alison Jackson (Sunweb), Emily Marcolini, Rozanne Slik
Extended: Nicolle Bruderer, Leah Dixon, Nina Kessler, Sharlotte Lucas, Shannon Malseed, Emily Newsom, Kendall Ryan and Lauren Stephens
Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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