Duo complete WorldTour line-up

Mon, 05 Dec 23:43:00 2011

Australia's first professional cycling team GreenEdge and the United States-backed RadioShack-Nissan have completed the International Cycling Union's 18-team roster for the elite WorldTour in 2012.

The former head of Cycling Australia, Shayne Bannan, poses at the media launch to introduce GreenEDGE Cycling - 0

GreenEdge, backed by an Australian caravan tycoon, had been granted a WorldTour license for 2012-13, the UCI said confirmed.

RadioShack-Nissan, the result of a merger between RadioShack and Leopard-Trek, had had its registration approved for 2012.

"This decision concludes the procedures for the registration, renewal and award of new UCI WorldTour licences," the UCI said.

GreenEdge's approval was hailed by the team's general manager Shayne Bannan, who as a former national performance director of Cycling Australia groomed the country's top riders for their Olympic tilts for a number of years.

"A lot of people have put a lot of work and effort in over the past 10 months, so to finally see the fax come through it was a really good relief and now the real fun starts," Bannan told SBS.

"I think now we can really finalise our plans in terms of competition calendars and really focus now on the athletes and the services we can provide in an effort to have a successful year."

RadioShack-Nissan are managed by Johan Bruyneel, who guided Lance Armstrong to his record seven Tour de France titles, and will be led by twice Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck.

The 2012 WorldTour kicks off in Adelaide, Australia, at the six-stage Tour Down Under from January 17-22.

WorldTour teams:

Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing Team, Garmin-Cervelo, Lampre-ISD, Liquigas-Cannondale, Movistar Team, Rabobank, Sky Procycling, Vacansoleil-DCM, Katusha Team, FDJ, Lotto Belisol Team, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team, Team Saxo Bank, AG2R La Mondiale, Euskaltel-Euskadi, GreenEdge, RadioShack-Nissan

Reuters

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