The licensed cycling teams for 2013 World Tour

The Licensing Commission, the independent body that grants the licenses UCI UCI World Tour, has already ruled definitively for the 2013 season. Therefore, we know the 18 teams which will hold that category for the next season and will have secured its presence in major races of the 2013 calendar.

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This year, the Licensing Commission has taken a little longer than usual to set this list, especially to deal the final berths. Everything is because Alberto Contador’s team, Saxo – Tinkoff, did not reach enough UCI points to secure a place in the World Tour, and since it would surely reach Argos – Shimano.

With some controversy, but complying with regulations, early in the afternoon it was announced that Argos – Shimano, the Netherlands team, entered the list of the World Tour, along with Lotto – Belisol and Jeux, so all took for granted that he was going to play Counter expect invitations to be in the big races. And yet, it will not be because we were surprised with a thriller twist worthy of a thriller.

The 18 licensed World Tour teams are:

AG2R-La Mondiale (France)
Argos-Shimano (Netherlands)
Astana (Kazakhstan)
Cannondale (Italy)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)
Rabobank (Netherlands)
Francaise Des Jeux (France)
Garmin-Sharp (Belgium)
Lampre-Merida (Italy)
Lotto-Belisol (Belgium)
Team Movistar (Spain)
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (Belgium)
Orica-GreenEdge (Australia)
RadioShack-Nissan (Luxembourg)
Saxo – Tinkoff (Denmark)
Sky (UK)
Vacansoleil DCM (Netherlands)

The happy news for both the followers of Alberto Contador, as the Pinto may ride the Tour in 2013, his main goal, without waiting for an invitation. Instead, followers of Joaquim Rodriguez, former remember number 1 ranking UCI points will not be so happy with this surprising decision. Now it no longer expect the reactions, but the explanations that the Licensing Commission.

Finally, review that Cannondale is not a new computer, but it is the only structure with different Liquigas sponsor. The list also put at Rabobank, which is licensed UCI although the Dutch company will not continue at the helm. Pending to get a sponsor, or if they have new name officially naming the team and continue.

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