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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

UCI releases ranked list of 35 Women’s teams for 2012

by Ben Atkins at 10:31 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Increase of eight on 2011 shows that “women’s cycling is growing significantly”, claims UCI; top teams and nations must be invited to biggest races

giorgia bronziniThe International Cycling Union (UCI) has released the list of 35 registered women’s teams for 2012, which is an increase of seven on last year. Despite the loss of a number of established squads, including the high-profile Garmin-Cervélo team, the creation of several new ones – including Rabobank, GreenEDGE and Faren Honda – means that “women’s cycling is growing significantly”, according to the UCI.

In order to facilitate the invitation of teams to participate in UCI World Cup and class WE 1 races [one-day races ranked 1.1, and stage races ranked 2.1 – ed], the UCI has created what it calls a “fictitious ranking”. The accumulated points of each team’s best four riders have been added together to sort the list of teams – and nations – into order. Since it takes into account the actual points of all 440 registered riders, the ranking is not “fictitious” at all however, but is a true reflection of each team’s sporting value; much the same as the one used in allocating the places in the men’s WorldTour.

World Cup races must invite the top 15 teams and the top five nations, while class 1 events must invite the top ten teams and top five nations.

Unsurprisingly, since it contains the undisputed World number one in Marianne Vos, and the World Cup winner in Annemiek van Vleuten, the Rabobank team [registered as Stichting Rabo Women – ed] is the number one team, dwarfing all of the others with a total of 2,940.34 points.

Next in the list – again, hardly surprisingly since it is made up of most of the 2011 HTC-Highroad team – is the new Specialized-lululemon squad, with 1,700.34. The team would have been a little closer to Rabobank, as it was to Vos and van Vleuten’s former Nederland Bloiet team at the end of 2011, but has lost the services of World time trial champion Judith Arndt.

Since it contains six of the 2011 Garmin-Cervélo team, as well as hanging on to Dutch powerhouse Kirsten Wild, the AA Drink-Leontien.nl team has been elevated to third; GreenEDGE-AIS, Judith Arndt’s destination, enters its first season in the peloton in fourth place, little more than a single point behind.

Rounding out the top five is the Hitec Products-Mistral Home team of World number two Emma Johansson. The Diadora-Pasta Zara team of World champion Giorgia Bronzini is ranked in sixth place, assuring the Piacenzan a guaranteed invitation to the World’s top events.

The women’s season will consist of 79 UCI-registered races, on all five continents, starting on February 1st with the three-day Tour of Qatar. With 2012 being an Olympic year, the nine events of the World Cup have been shuffled a little; the season-long competition will start on March 10th with the Ronde van Drenthe, which is a month earlier than usual.

UCI Women’s teams 2012 (in “fictitious” ranking order)
1 (-) RBW - Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team (Ned) 2940.34
2 (-) SLU - Team Specialized - lululemon (Ger) 1700.34
3 (-) LNL - AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team (Ned) 1410.34
4 (-) GEW - Greenedge - AIS (Aus) 1409.09
5 (-) HPU - Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team (Nor) 1378
6 (-) DPZ - Diadora - Pasta Zara (Ita) 765
7 (-) BPK - Be Pink (Ita) 474.25
8 (-) FHT - Faren Honda Team (Ita) 451.25
9 (-) RVL - Rusvelo (Rus) 430
10 (-) LBL - Lotto Belisol Ladies (Bel) 413.25
11 (-) DLT - Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam (Ned) 393
12 (-) MCG - MCipollini Giambenini (Ita) 381.75
13 (-) SKI - Skil 1T4I (Ned) 347.42
14 (-) VAI - Vaiano Tepso (Ita) 327
15 (-) KLT - Kleo Ladies Team (Bel) 307
16 (-) TIB - Tibco - To The Top (USA) 281
17 (-) MIC - S.C. Michela Fanini Rox (Ita) 270
18 (-) GSD - Team GSD Gestion (Fra) 232.25
19 (-) EXG - Exergy Twenty12 (USA) 229
20 (-) FUT - Vienne Futuroscope (Fra) 124
21 (-) NXX - Abus Nutrixxion (Ger) 85.5
22 (-) BPD - Bizkaia - Durango (Esp) 85
23 (-) TOG - Fassa Bortolo - Servetto (Ita) 78.5
24 (-) ATT - Axman Team Taiwan (Tpe) 60
25 (-) VLL - Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley 2012 (Bel) 57
26 (-) FCL - Forno D'Asolo Colavita (Ita) 44
27 (-) LKT - Lointek (Esp) 44
28 (-) SLT - Sengers Ladies Cycling Team (Bel) 37.75
29 (-) DPD - DPD - Pakketservice (GBr) 31
30 (-) BIZ - Team Bizhub - FCF (RSA) 16
31 (-) BCF - Asptt Dijon - Bourgogne (Fra) 11
32 (-) GPC - China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling (HKg) 10
33 (-) AGG - Alriksson Go:Green (Swe) 8.5
34 (-) KSK - Scappa Speed Queens (Aut) 5
35 (-) GCV - Verinlegno - Fabiani (Ita) 0

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