France to field two WorldTour teams in 2012

Ag2r, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training

France may jump from one to two first division, WorldTour teams for next season. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) released its "evaluation of sporting criterion" list on Tuesday, which included Ag2r La Mondiale, FDJ and Europcar.

"The International Cycling Union has carried out an evaluation of the sporting value of teams," read the press release, "taking into account the contractual agreements signed for 2012 with the best 15 riders before October 20, 2011."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.