Bora-Argon 18 target WorldTour licence for 2017

Team manager Ralph Denk says Bora-Argon 18 are ready to step up to the WorldTour next season as the Tour de France starts in Germany

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German team Bora-Argon 18 is looking to join the 'elite club' of cycling by gaining a WorldTour licence in 2017 to coincide with the Tour de France Grand Depart in Dusseldorf.

The team, previously known as NetApp-Endura, have gained wildcards for the past two Tours de France and would likely win one again in 2017 with the Tour starting in its home country.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.