As part of the reform of women’s road cycling and its professionalisation, UCI Women’s World Tour licences are being granted for the first time ever.
In accordance with the cycling governing body rules, a maximum of eight licenses is being issued to clubs.
Seven clubs have received their confirmation, while the application from the eighth club – Mitchelton Scott of Australia – is being evaluated by the UCI Licence Commission.
UCI in a statement said that the licences were issued after a complete review of the files received according to all the criteria for attribution (ethical, financial, administrative), for the period 2020 – 2023, subject to compliance with the provisions for annual registration during the period.
Six of the clubs are based in Europe – Ale’ Btc Ljubljana of Italy,Canyon /Sram Racing of Germany, CCC-LIV of Poland, FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope of France, Movistar Team Women of Spain and Team Sunweb of Germany.
USA based Trek – Segafredo is the other team to be given the licence.
The UCI statement said it was delighted to witness the development of women’s cycling at the highest level.