The UCI announced a list of women’s teams that will be guaranteed invites to the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) races Thursday. The automatic invitations are based off 2015 teams rankings. As reported by VeloNews in August, the top 20 UCI women’s teams will receive automatic invites to all one-day races in the WWT, and the top 15 teams will receive automatic invites to WWT stage races.
Wiggle-High5 tops the current list, followed by Rabo-Liv, Boels Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM, and Cervelo-Bigla.
“The team ranking takes into account the individual UCI points of the top-four best riders for each team, as well as the UCI points won at the 2015 road world championships team time trial,” a UCI statement said.
In addition to the WorldTour start guarantees, the top-five nations in the UCI’s 2015 nations ranking and the top-10 2016 UCI women’s teams will receive automatic invitations to all Class 1 events. The Netherlands, USA, Italy, Australia, and Great Britain are the top-five nations and will thus be guaranteed entry for a national squad.
Though the top teams will receive automatic invites, they are not obliged to attend each event, as that could potentially over-burden many programs’ smaller budgets.
The automatic invites are intended to add stability to women’s programs, guaranteeing the best teams entry to the most prestigious races. It’s the same concept that governs the men’s WorldTour, which guarantees (for now, at least) entry to major races like the Tour de France.
The WWT also sets minimum financial and media requirements of race organizers. Each must maintain a website and social media presence, and, perhaps most importantly, produce, at minimum, a video highlight reel. Increased media efforts are taken into account as the UCI selects events to be included in the WorldTour.
The current UCI Women’s team ranking:
1. WIGGLE-HIGH5 (GB), 3390.5 points
2. RABO-LIV (Nl), 3120.5 points
3. BOELS DOLMANS (Nl), 2929.92 points
￼4. CANYON-SRAM (G), 2433points
5. CERVELO-BIGLA (G), 1482.17 points
6. ORICA-AIS (Aus), 1330.34 points
￼7. HITEC PRODUCTS (N), 1275.17 points
8. CYLANCE (US), 854 points
9. TIBCO-SILICON VALLEY BANK (US), 762.67 points
10. LIV-PLANTUR (Nl), 730 points
11. UNITEDHEALTHCARE (US), 688.33 points
￼12. POITOU-CHARENTES.FUTUROSCOPE.86 (F), 578 points
13. BTC CITY LJUBLJANA (Slo), 531 points
14. BEPINK (I), 530.5 points
15. ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM (Kaz), 464 points
16. ALE-CIPOLLINI (I), 457 points
17. LOTTO-SOUDAL LADIES (B), 454.67 points
18. PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG (Nl), 445.75 points
19. LENSWORLD-ZANNATA (B), 405.5 points
20. TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-ETIXX (B), 345 points
21. SERVETTO-FOOTON (I), 317 points
22. INPA-BIANCHI (I), 305 points
23. TWENTY16-RIDEBIKER (US), 293 points
￼24. BIZKAIA-DURANGO (Sp), 252.67 points
25. RALLY CYCLING (US), 208 points
26 S.C. MICHELA FANINI (I), 140 points
27. LARES-WAOWDEALS (B), 136 points
28. CHINA CHONGMING-LIV (HK), 130 points
29. XIRAYAS DE SAN LUIS (Arg), 93 points
30. AROMITALIA VAIANO (I), 89.5 points
￼31. LOINTEK (Sp), 66 points
32. WEBER-SHIMANO (Arg), 61 points
33. HAGENS BERMAN-SUPERMINT (US), 57 points
34. COLAVITA-BIANCHI (US), 34 points
￼35. PODIUM AMBITION-CLUB LA SANTA (GB), 31 points
36. VISIT DALLAS-DNA (US), 23 points
￼37. VITALOGIC ASTROKALB RADUNION NÖ (Aut), 14 points
38. BMS BIRN (Dk), 11 points
39. TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO (I), 8 points
40. DROPS CYCLING TEAM (GB), 0 points