Team Sky and Europcar given WorldTour licences as 18-team top tier is finalised
Team Sky and Europcar have been given WorldTour licenses as the 18-team top tier was finalised.
Last Updated: 11/12/13 9:49am
Ten teams were already licensed for 2014 and eight more licences have been handed out, with Team Sky, Astana, Movistar and Orica-GreenEdge secured for the next three seasons.
Lampre-Merida have been handed a two-year licence and there was confirmation that Team Europcar are moving up to WorldTour level, also for the next two years.
To round out the 18 top-division teams, Argos-Shimano and Trek Factory Racing, formerly the RadioShack-Leopard team, have been granted registration for the 2014 season.
Ag2r-La Mondiale, Belkin, BMC Racing, Cannondale, FDJ, Garmin-Sharp, Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, Katusha, Tinkoff-Saxo and Lotto-Belisol had already received their licences.
A further 16 teams already knew they would be in the second division of teams, including Cofidis, IAM Cycling and MTN-Qhubeka, and they have been joined by a 17th team - the Bretagne-Seche Environnement squad, from France.