These are all the teams applying for WorldTeam and Women’s WorldTeam status next year

Qhubeka-NextHash miss the first deadline, as five women’s teams apply to step up to the top level

The women's Tour de France will return next year
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The UCI WorldTour is professional cycling’s equivalent of the Premier League - the highest tier of competition that guarantees invites to the biggest races on the calendar. 

Thanks to cycling’s turbulent business model, the WorldTour is constantly in a state of flux, as teams float in out of the division. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.