Lotto-Belisol and Argos-Shimano WorldTour licence application 'irregularities'

Last lap peloton, Giro d'Italia 2013 stage one

Cycle sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has published a list of registered WorldTour teams for the 2014 season. The UCI says that the licence applications for the Belgian Lotto-Belisol and Dutch Argos-Shimano teams contained unspecified irregularities, and the two teams' applications must go before the licence commission for assessment.

In order to qualify for a first division UCI WorldTour licence - and be awarded the status of 'ProTeam' in UCI parlance - squads must satisfy a number of criteria: sporting, ethical, financial and administrative. Failure to meet one or more of these criteria will mean further scrutiny by the UCI licence commission, and possible rejection from the WorldTour.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.