10.31.2012

Sporting Value

Delighted! this year I absolutely ignored the whole thing. I wasn't concerned, I wasn't worried, I was sure that RSNT was is. And it is. 
UCI points system isn't fair - UCI isn't fair. Licences system  isn't fair too. Probably it will change with many other things when the revolution - to use a trendy word - will smash the Ancien Regime of cycling.  
So far Lotto and moreover Saxo are the big excluded from the party. Riis' team lost Contador's points and got penalized in spite of its desperate signing campaign. To be honest its results in 2012 aren't splendid (8 victories, 18 2nd places, 10 3th places).  Lotto is a surprise for me: did they so bad? Looking here http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/team_palm.asp?year=2012&teamcode=ltb&podium=1 2012 doesn't seem a disaster: Greipel, Meersman and Roelandts  climbed often a podium (27 victories, 16 2nd places, 14 3th places). But of course, 'sporting value' isn't all for the UCI. Money are also or more important and about that we know few. 
RSNT (15 victories, 22 2nd places, 34 3th places and MANY Best Team Classification victories) made it easily: their balance is in order this time. I'm glad. They also put order in their staff and Luca Guercilena is a guarantee. 
Checking teams results shows a peloton shared in super teams and... honest workers: Sky (51 44 48) and OPQS (51 40 24) lead the first group followed by Liquigas (38 27 27) Orica-GE (31 29 21) and Katusha (30 31 22). Summ up, 2012 brought good results also for Movistar (29 23 18), Former Rabobank (23 15 26) and Garmin (23 24 22). Behinde there are Astana (22 22 20) and BMC (21 19 20). At the back of the peloton we have: Vacansoleil (17 24 19), RSNT  (15 22 34), Euskatel (8 11 11), Lampre (7 19 7),  Ag2r (4 14 13).
I could go on with the excluded teams but you can check on your own. Of course numbers of victories is only one criterium amongh others: a victory in a TdF stage counts more than a victory in small race. Ok. Nevertheless a winning team is a team that deserves to race in big races in my opinion.

UCI PRESS RELEASE
29.10.2012
The International Cycling Union has carried out an assessment of the sporting value of teams, taking into account the contractual agreements signed for 2013 with the best 12 riders before October 20, 2012, in accordance with article 2.15.011a of the UCI Regulations.
It should be noted that the team’s sporting value is partially determined by results obtained in 2011 and 2012, by riders which are included in the 2013 team squads. The sporting criterion is crucial for the obtaining or retaining of UCI ProTeam status, in addition to compliance with ethical, financial and administrative criteria. The UCI has therefore established two lists.
The first list includes the names of the 15 top teams in terms of sporting value (by alphabetical order):
  • AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • BMC RACING TEAM
  • CANNONDALE
  • EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
  • FORMER RABOBANK
  • GARMIN SHARP
  • KATUSHA
  • LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • MOVISTAR TEAM
  • OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM
  • ORICA GREENEDGE
  • RADIOSHACKNISSAN
  • SKY PROCYCLING
  • VACANSOLEIL – DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM

The second list indicates teams ranked 16th to 20th :
  • 16. TEAM ARGOS – SHIMANO
  • 17. LOTTO BELISOL
  • 18. FDJ
  • 19. TEAM EUROPCAR
  • 20. TEAM SAXO – TINKOFF
 
Following this phase of the registration procedure and in accordance with Article 2.15.011b of UCI Regulations, the UCI reiterates that:
  • A team ranked in the first fifteen places of the classification on the basis of sporting level is by this fact considered to have satisfied the sporting criterion.
  • The sporting value of a team ranked between 16th and 20th places inclusive will be verified by the Licence Commission via a more detailed assessment.
  • A team ranked lower than 20th shall be considered not to have satisfied the sporting criterion. The team can nonetheless apply for registration in second division should they so wish.
 
The next official information concerning the registration procedure will be provided after the November 1 deadline, when the UCI will announce:
  • The registration of the UCI ProTeams with a valid 2013 UCI WorldTour licence which have met  the four criteria;
  • The registration of the teams which have applied for UCI Professional Continental Team Registration and whose file is in order 
 
Teams not mentioned on the lists above will be evaluated by the UCI Licence Commission at a later time. This concerns in particular teams applying for a UCI WorldTour licence, which are automatically reviewed by the UCI Licence Commission.
As of 26 November, the UCI will communicate the first decisions of the UCI Licence Commission. The final decisions of the UCI Licence Commission will be communicated on December 10th.

UCI Communication Services

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