One Pro Cycling granted UCI Pro Continental licence for 2016

Matt Prior's team eligible for invitations to the sport's biggest races next season

Marcin Bialoblocki wins Tour Series 2015 round in Croydon

(Image credit: Tour Series)

One Pro Cycling’s long-term goal of riding the Tour de France moved a step closer today as the UCI granted them a Pro Continental licence for 2016.

Becoming the first British team in the sport’s second tier enables them to be invited to the sport’s biggest races – including the three Grand Tours and one-day classics – as well as having a European-focused programme.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.