For 2022, the UCI will make space for 15 Women’s WorldTeams , with a rule change providing a possible loophole for new teams hoping to join the top tier immediately.
Until now, any team that wishes to apply for a UCI Women’s WorldTeam license "must be registered as a UCI Women’s WorldTeam or a UCI women’s continental team during the current year", according to UCI regulations.
However, an amendment to these regulations introduced on Thursday — Article 2.013.034 bis — has been made to account for the possibility that the UCI receives fewer than 15 Women’s WorldTeam applications for the 2022 season from established Continental squads.
In 2021, there are nine Women’s WorldTeams currently registered – SD Worx , Liv Racing , Alè BTC Ljubljana , FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Team DSM, Canyon-SRAM, Trek-Segafredo, Movistar, and Team BikeExchange.
Article 2.13.034 bis states: “Licence applications from teams that do not meet the conditions of in article 2.13.034 bis may be considered, in 2021 only, if the number of teams holding a UCI WorldTeam licence for the following year, added to the applicant teams considered under article 2.13.034, is less than 15.
“If the number of licence applications from teams that do not meet the conditions of article 2.13.034, taking into account only those teams that fulfil the criteria set out in article 2.13.035 (administrative, financial, ethical and organisational), is greater than the number of licences available after the allocation of licences to the teams that meet the conditions of article 2.13.034, the licence commission will […]