Fernando Alonso's cycling team may not be WorldTour level

Fernando Alonso Cycling Team may be second-tier Professional Continental rather than WorldTour outfit - Lack of top class riders available may curtail initial plans for F1 star's squad - Funding for squad is apparently in place

Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Formula One star Fernando Alonso is reportedly still planning to debut his cycling team in 2015, but he could do so with lowered aims. Instead of the first division WorldTour, Spain's Bici Ciclismo website reported earlier this month that the Spaniard's team may race in the second division and hope for wildcard invitations to the Grand Tours.

The 33-year-old two-time F1 world champion already paid a fee to cycling's government, the UCI, to have a team. It was reported that he would enter cycling with a bang, but with very few champions available – Alejandro Valverde re-signed with Movistar today and Bradley Wiggins indicated he will do the same with Sky – he may use the back door.

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