No Cofidis as five new teams apply for Women's WorldTeam licenses in 2022

Peloton at the start of inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes
Peloton at the start of inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UCI announced Tuesday the five new teams that have submitted applications for a top-tier Women's WorldTeam license in 2022. Notably absent from the list was the new Cofidis women's team, while there was also a surprise applicant with the Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad.

There was expected to be space for 15 WorldTeams in 2022, so in addition to the existing nine teams which have all maintained their top-tier status, there was space for six more. It is unclear if the remaining spot will be filled.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.