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The big news is that Katusha was not named as a ProTour team for 2013.

Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Cannondale (formerly Liquigas – Cannondale)
Lampre – Merida (Merida replaces Wilier as bicycle sponsor and becomes co-sponsor)
Omega Pharma – Quick Step Cycling Team
ORICA GreenEDGE
Sky Procycling
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Movistar Team (UCI decision of 16 November)
AG2R La Mondiale 2013-2016
Euskaltel Euskadi 2013-2016
Former Rabobank 2013-2014 (note: will be known as Blanco Pro Cycling Team in 2013)
Garmin Sharp 2013-2014
Team Argos–Shimano 2013-2016
Team Saxo – Tinkoff 2013-2014
FDJ for 2013
Lotto Belisol for 2013
RadioShackNissan for 2013

The big news is that Katusha was not named as a ProTour team for 2013.

Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Cannondale (formerly Liquigas – Cannondale)
Lampre – Merida (Merida replaces Wilier as bicycle sponsor and becomes co-sponsor)
Omega Pharma – Quick Step Cycling Team
ORICA GreenEDGE
Sky Procycling
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Movistar Team (UCI decision of 16 November)
AG2R La Mondiale 2013-2016
Euskaltel Euskadi 2013-2016
Former Rabobank 2013-2014 (note: will be known as Blanco Pro Cycling Team in 2013)
Garmin Sharp 2013-2014
Team Argos–Shimano 2013-2016
Team Saxo – Tinkoff 2013-2014
FDJ for 2013
Lotto Belisol for 2013
RadioShackNissan for 2013

UCI Press Release, December 13, 2010:

Approval of equipment: reinforced collaboration between the UCI and manufacturers

The 1st January 2011 will mark a new step in the collaboration between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and bicycle manufacturers: a new approval procedure for bike frames and forks will come into force on this date.

The main players of the bicycle industry (manufacturers of bicycles, components, accessories and clothing), welcomed this new initiative at a conference organised for them by the UCI on September 1st during the Eurobike Trade Show in Friedrichshafen (Germany). The conference was hosted by the UCI President Mr Pat McQuaid and the UCI’s Equipment Consultant Professor Jan-Anders Månson, from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

The new approval procedure will result in the granting of a label certifying that new models of frames and forks comply with the requirements of the UCI Regulations (articles 1.3.001 to 1.3.025). The UCI’s Equipment Regulation (part 1, chapter 3) is available in full on www.uci.ch.

A constantly updated list of approved products – mentioning the name of the model and that of its manufacturer – will be published on the UCI website.

The new approval procedure will resolve several problems encountered up until now as much by the manufacturers themselves as by the teams, their riders, or the Commissaires working at competitions:

• The manufacturers will be assured of the conformity of their products before they go into production phase; they will therefore be able to take maximum advantage of the most recent technologies, notably concerning composite materials, without running the risk of investing resources in equipment that may then be declared non-conform with the regulations;
• the collaboration between the UCI and the manufacturers, in particular concerning the exchange of information, will be easier, within a context of strict confidentiality;
• the controversies over the conformity or otherwise of a particular piece of equipment as well as the banning of equipment at the start of races will once and for all be in the past;
• the work of Commissaires who inspect equipment at the start of event will be made much easier;
• the riders – from the professional athlete to amateur sportsmen and sportswomen – will be assured that they have acquired a model that conforms to the UCI regulation in force at the time of purchase;
• in addition, the label will provide added value to frames and forks which have obtained it, benefitting the concerned manufacturers.

All the new models of frames and forks still at the conception stage on 1st January 2011 will be subjected to the new approval procedure.
Older models will not be obliged to follow the approval procedure, even though they remain subject to the UCI Regulation in force. However, models produced in 2009 and 2010 will be able to obtain backdated approval.

The approval of equipment will be implemented in collaboration with the EPFL.
Eventually, this will also apply to wheels, handlebars, seats and clothing.

The UCI will shortly publish more information (notably the protocol for the approval of frames and forks) on its website.



The 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Melbourne and Geelong – which begin on Wednesday with the Under-23 and Women’s time trial events – will undoubtedly be greeted with the same whole-hearted enthusiasm, even euphoria, which currently surrounds Australian cycling.

Situated on the bay of Corio, about 70km from Melbourne, Geelong – a small touristic spot which has already organized a round of the UCI Women Road World Cup – will be at the heart of the event.

Only the last race of these Championships, the one which will award the most coveted rainbow jersey of the week and which will be raced for the first time without the help of earpieces, will set off from Melbourne, before attacking the beautiful and demanding Geelong circuit which the riders will have to cover 11 times, for a total distance of 262,7km.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, who will attempt to win his fourth title in the time trial event, Spain’s Oscar Freire, who dreams of becoming the first rider in history to win the World Championships road race four times, the Italian Filippo Pozzato, who won the “rehearsal” on Sunday in Ballarat, and the Belgian Philippe Gilbert are the main favourites – along with Britain’s Mark Cavendish and the Norwegian Thor Hushovd – to succeed Cadel Evans. Meanwhile the Australian will give his all in front of his own public in order to honour the gold medal he won in 2009.

In the women’s race, the person to watch could well be the German Trixi Worrack, who was victorious in the preparation race.

The schedules (local time, Melbourne/Geelong):
Wednesday, 29 September
Men U23 Time Trial, 31.8 km, 1000 to 1405; course details
Women Elite Time Trial, 22.9 km, 1500 to 1650; course details

Thursday, 30 September
Men Elite Time Trial, 45.8 km, 1300 to 1735; course details

Friday, 1 October
Men U23 Road Race, 159 km, 1300 to 1715; course details

Saturday, 2 October
Women Elite Road Race, 127.2 km, 1300 to 1635; course details

Sunday, 3 October
Men Elite Road Race, 262.7 km, 1000 to 1650; course details

All finish times are estimated

Check your local TV listings for coverage.

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