Team Type 1 – SANOFI reports that the squad completed required paperwork to qualify for a UCI Pro Continental license for next season in time to meet a UCI deadline.
Last week, TT1 was missing from an early list of teams qualified for Pro Conti’ status, but team officials said that was simply a question of completing paperwork.
Team general manager Vassili Davidenko said he received official confirmation from the UCI early this week.
“There was some minor concern from our fans last week when the UCI announced its preliminary registry of top teams, but there were loose ends in some of the banking paperwork, and we spent a few extra days working closely with the coordinators in Switzerland to cross the Ts and dot the Is,” Davidenko said in a team release.
“I’m very happy to say that the extra work paid off and our re-registration as a Pro Continental team went off without a hitch.”
With the green light, the team is set to compete in cycling’s second-level league for the second year in a row, an important step to gain entrance to some of Europe’s most important races.
Riders and staff will gather in Arizona in early December for a training camp.
“Next year we will triple our race calendar around the globe, building on a 2011 season that saw us in China, India, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Korea, all across Europe and at home in the biggest races in the United States,” team CEO Phil Southerland said. “We have new riders from France, Norway, Italy, Austria, Russia and America, and we’re very excited to get together in Tucson with the entire Team Type 1 family of runners, triathletes, women’s squad and others and prepare for the 2012 season.”
Nine new riders are set to join TT1 next season, including European pros Julien El Fares and Remy Cusin (Cofidis) and Daniele Colli (Geox-TMC).
The team took two big wins during its debut European season, includingthe overall title at the Tour of Turkey with Alexander Efimkin. It notched 17 other second- and third-places, including second places by sprinter Jure Kocjan in stages at the Tour du Limousin, the Tour of Denmark, Fleche d’Emeraude and the GP Regio Insurbica.