Cofidis and Arkéa-Samsic apply for WorldTour licences as 20 teams submit registration

The two teams will find out whether they have successfully gained WorldTour status in the coming months

Cyril Lemoine and Clement Russo of Cofidis and Arkéa-Samsic (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Arkéa-Samsic and Cofidis have applied for WorldTour licences ahead of the 2020 season, with the ranks of the top tier of professional cycling potentially swelling to 20 teams next year.

All 18 teams who raced at WorldTour level in 2019 have re-applied to renew their licence, with Katusha merging with Pro-Continental outfit Israel Cycling Academy, therefore hoping to retain their top-level status following a review of the deal by the UCI.

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