No new teams on the WorldTour licence list; 20 registered for Pro Continental status

The same 17 teams as 2015 register for WorldTour status next seasons, but two of them have applied to change their name

Dimension Data, the 2016 guise of the MTN-Qhubeka team, will continue to race as a UCI Pro Continental team next season, according to the governing body’s list of licence applications.

Seventeen teams have been listed as applying for WorldTour status in 2016 – the same teams as this season – with two name changes. The Saxo Bank name has been dropped from Tinkoff-Saxo, while Garmin relinquishes its title sponsorship of the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team.

In the second tier, MTN changes to Dimension Data, while fellow Tour de France wildcards Europcar and Bretagne Séché-Environnement become Direct Energie and Fortuneo-Vital Concept respectively.

British squad One Pro Cycling are one of the teams omitted from the list, despite submitting their application ahead of the October 1 deadline. One’s founder Matt Prior confirmed to Cycling Weekly that the omission was a ‘technicality’ and that the team were continuing with their application.

WorldTour applications
AG2R La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Etixx – Quick Step
IAM Cycling
Lampre – Merida
Lotto Soudal
Movistar Team
Orica Greenedge
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
Team Giant – Alpecin
Team Katusha
Team LottoNL – Jumbo
Team Sky
Trek Factory Racing

Pro Continental
Androni Giocattoli
Bardiani CSF
Bora – Argon 18
Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
Cult Energy – Stölting Group
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Direct Energie
Dimension Data
Fortuneo – Vital Concept
Nippo – Vini Fantini
Roompot Oranje Peloton
Roth – Skoda
Team Novo Nordisk
Team Tharcor
Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team
Wanty – Groupe Gobert