The UCI announced Wednesday that SD Worx (formerly Boels Dolmans) has been awarded with a Women's WorldTour licence from 2021 to 2023. The powerful Dutch team, which is home to double world champion Anna van der Breggen, joins eight other top-tier WorldTeams in 2021.
Boels Dolmans applied for a WorldTour licence last year but were denied the status due to the financial aspects of their application. At that time, sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping had not renewed their contracts and the team were in search of a new title sponsor. The team later signed a four-year deal with SD Worx.
The team re-applied for a WorldTour licence this year, and after a review of their ethical, financial and administrative requirements, the Licence Commission has decided to award them a licence for 2021 to 2023, which is subject to compliance with the provisions for annual registration during the period, according to the UCI press release.
Last year there were eight WorldTeams that included Alè BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, CCC-Liv, Movistar Team Women, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo.
The UCI has announced that it will continue the WorldTour licence registration for the following five teams, which were already licence holders from 2020-2023, Alè BTC Ljubljana Cipollini, Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle- Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing (formerly CCC-Liv), and Trek-Segafredo.
There were three teams not able to be registered directly by the UCI, and the Licence Commission has gone ahead and registered them for the next season; Movistar Team Women, GreenEdge Cycling (formerly Mitchelton-Scott) and Team DSM (formerly Sunweb).
"The UCI is delighted by the arrival of a ninth UCI Women’s WorldTeam [SD Worx] in addition to the eight existing ones, despite the difficult international health and economic situation," read the UCI press release.
The UCI has set out annual goals for the two-tier teams system, aiming to add new teams to the highest level each season. Licences awarded between 2020 and 2023 are valid for decreasing periods of time - valid for four years if issued in 2020, and then three years in 2021, and two years in 2022.
Eight teams made up the top-tier in 2020. A maximum of 12 licences were available for 2021, but there will only be nine teams registered at the highest level. A maximum of 15 are available for 2022. That means that there are now six more teams that can be added to the top-tier of teams in 2022.
"The maximum number of new licences that it will be possible to award during the 2022 registration procedure will be six," read the press release.
From 2024 and onward, according to the UCI website, the duration of licences will then be determined by the UCI Women’s WorldTeams ranking: validity of four years for the top five teams in the ranking, three years for the teams ranked 6 to 10, and two years for the teams ranked 11 to 15.
Women's WorldTeams 2021
- Team SD Worx
- Alè BTC Ljubljana Cipollini
- Canyon-Sram Racing
- FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
- Greenedge Cycling
- Liv Racing
- Movistar Team Women
- Team Sunweb
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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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