WNT-Rotor have unveiled plans to apply to become a Women’s WorldTeam, part of the UCI’s new top division of women’s cycling, in 2020. The German team, led by Lisa Brennauer and Kirsten Wild, have enjoyed a strong start to 2019 with seven wins, and hope to be one of five WorldTeams next season.
As part of plans announced last September, the UCI will introduce a tiered system of teams to women’s cycling next season, much like the men’s side of the sport. Five teams will form the top tier in 2020, with five more added in 2021 and 2022 until there are 15 in the top tier. One final team be admitted year-by-year via a challenge system.
In a team press release, the German team said that “we plan on being a part of the highest tier.”
“We are convinced the new system will make female cycling more professional, and after having some positive meetings and discussions with UCI President David Lappartient and Morgan Gaultier, the women’s cycling co-ordinator, it looks to be a well thought-out concept and we are hopeful of gaining Women’s WorldTour status.
“The feeling at WNT Rotor Pro Cycling is that the sport, and especially women’s cycling, is moving in the right direction and this is another step forward. We would relish the opportunity to be racing and representing women’s cycling at the top of an ever-changing future.”
Team manager Claude Sun also commented on WNT-Rotor’s application for WorldTeam status.
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