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

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Amber Neben (USA)

Amber Neben (USA)
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Carmen Small (USA) ride with a camelback for hydration purposes

Carmen Small (USA) ride with a camelback for hydration purposes
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No surprise to see Bjarne Riis at the Giro today as the race finished in his adopted home town of Lugano

No surprise to see Bjarne Riis at the Giro today as the race finished in his adopted home town of Lugano
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Megan Guarnier wins the Women's WorldTour and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships

Megan Guarnier wins the Women's WorldTour and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships
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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 Cyclingteam4244pts
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
22Drops449
23Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team401
24Bizkaia - Durango346
25Sho-Air Twenty20342
26Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team264
27Aromitalia Vaiano215
28SAS - MACOGEP174
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
36Colavita/Bianchi52
37Hagens Berman / Supermint46
38Giusfredi Bianchi43
39Team Illuminate23
40Lointek16
41Minsk Cycling Club13
41Valcar PBM13