News flash for January 11, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
UCI announce remaining Division I teams
The UCI's Professional Cycling Council (PCC) has announced the complete and (almost) final list of Division I teams for 2003, with just a couple of positions to be decided among the Top 30. Although the list numbers 30 teams at the moment, it's possible that Team Index or the Lazarus of the peloton, BigMat.Auber 93, could displace a couple of these once the PCC makes its final decision on January 15, 2003.
Included amongst the recent additions are Team Coast, Team fakta, Domina Vacanze-Elitron, Palmans-Collstrop, Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and CCC-Polsat, which should allow several riders to make decisions as to which team they will ride for this season.
The most contentious addition is that of Team Coast, which is involved in several contract disputes with its riders from 2002. The UCI's Professional Cycling Council admitted this, but allowed the team to register as a Division I squad, and thus make the Top 10 Club, subject to certain conditions.
The UCI's press release stated that "The PCC considered the competitors' complaints and the explanations given by the TT management regarding these disputes, the total amount of which is covered by the team's bank guarantee, and it concluded that the outcome of the said disputes could not be forecast at this time. As a result, the TT will be registered as TT/I subject to the following conditions:
* Application of any measure of control on administrative team management
considered appropriate by the relevant departments of the UCI
Division I squads
Top Club teams iBanesto.com Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone Team Coast Team CSC Fassa Bortolo Gerolsteiner Lotto-Domo ONCE-Eroski Rabobank US Postal Service Presented By Berry Floor Remaining Division I teams Ag2R Prevoyance Alessio Brioches La Boulangere Credit Agricole CCC-Polsat Jean Delatour Domina Vacanze-Elitron Euskaltel-Euskadi Team fakta FDJeux.com Kelme-Costa Blanca Lampre Landbouwkrediet-Colnago Milaneza-MSS Palmans-Collstrop Phonak Hearing Systems Quick Step-Davitamon Saeco Macchine Per Caffè-Longoni Sport Sidermec Team Telekom For full team rosters, see the Cyclingnews teams database Teams automatically qualified for certain major events Trade Team WC Giro Tour Vuelta iBanesto.com X X X X Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone X X X X Team Coast X X X X Team CSC X X X X Fassa Bortolo X X X X Gerolsteiner X X X X Lotto-Domo X X X X ONCE-Eroski X X X X Rabobank X X X X US Postal Service Presented By Berry Floor X X X X Alessio X X X X Domina Vacanze-Elitron X Kelme-Costa Blanca X X X X Lampre X Phonak Hearing Systems X Saeco Macchine Per Caffè-Longoni Sport X Sidermec X X X Team Telekom X X X X
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