Exclusive: Risk of legal challenge leads UCI to expand WorldTour to 20 teams

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the sprint for second

The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has changed the rules of the men's WorldTour series to avoid the risk of a possible legal challenge, allowing up to 20 teams to be part of the sport's most prestigious division between 2020 and 2022. Teams had to confirm their intent to be part of the next three-year phase of the WorldTour before April 1. On Tuesday the UCI confirmed that the current 18 WorldTour teams and five Professional Continental teams (Arkea Samsic, B&B; Hotels Vital Concept, Cofidis, Direct Energie and Israel Cycling Academy) have confirmed their interest in applying for a WorldTour licence for the next three-year phase of the UCI WorldTour. This will create a battle for the final places based largely on the sporting criteria of rider points scored during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Without the rule change to allow up to 20 teams, the lowest ranked existing WorldTour ...

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