Marianne Vos concurs with the game governing frame’s new two-tier group device wherein handiest groups that may give a four-year sponsorship ensure and meet the monetary necessities will likely be authorised a WorldTeam licence in 2020.
Vos’ CCC-Liv group is one among 8 groups that experience implemented to be a part of the top-tier of girls’s racing in 2020.
“It is necessary [to have a four-year sponsorship guarantee],” Vos instructed Cyclingnews on the Global Championships in Yorkshire on the finish of September.
“I additionally know that it isn’t simple for some groups to get a four-year solid contract [with sponsors] and to understand that the whole lot is financially supported.
“It is tricky for groups, however however, it is advisable have this base to construct and to have a extra secure financial construction in biking.”
The UCI introduced its ladies’s professional biking reforms ultimate 12 months, highlighting a brand new two-tier group device – WorldTeams and Continental Groups. There may also be a brand new calendar known as the UCI ProSeries contains 4 categories: UCI Ladies’s WorldTour, UCI ProSeries, Elegance 1 and Elegance 2.
UCI president David Lappartient to start with aimed for 5 WorldTeams within the first 12 months (2020), and build up to 15 groups by way of 2022.
Lappartient additionally mentioned that if extra groups may meet the larger monetary necessities that come with a minimal wage and social insurances and advantages, the UCI would settle for greater than 5 groups within the first 12 months.
Expectancies had been surpassed when the UCI introduced the 8 groups that implemented for a WorldTeam licence in 2020: Trek-Segafredo, Canyon-SRAM, Mitchelton-Scott, CCC-Liv, Movistar, Crew Sunweb, Ale-Cipollini, and FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope.
WNT-Rotor mentioned they’d implemented for a licence however weren’t a number of the candidates at the UCI’s record.
The #1 ranked ladies’s group on the planet, Boels-Dolmans, used to be additionally now not a number of the 8 candidates. Cyclingnews spoke with group supervisor Danny Stam in Yorkshire, who mentioned that his utility for a WorldTeam licence used to be declined. He mentioned the group could not supply a four-year sponsorship ensure for the reason that identify sponsors Boels Condominium and Dolmans are finishing their contracts with the group in 2020.
“Within the first assembly, we implemented for the WorldTour, however we got here around the rule that you want to use for a four-year licence,” Stam instructed Cyclingnews in Yorkshire. “We had an overly quick choice to make. They mentioned we had to have a four-year long run [guarantee] or else shall we now not observe for the WorldTour.”
Stam mentioned that now not having a WorldTeam licence within the first 12 months of the reforms would now not impact his group. He mentioned that the groups that experience a top-tier licence can be robotically invited to the Ladies’s WorldTour occasions. The following groups invited to compete within the top-level races would be the highest-ranked Continental Groups, the place he expects Boels Dolmans will to be peak of the record.
Cyclingnews requested Stam if he felt the four-year ensure can be too tricky for ladies’s groups to satisfy, however he mentioned, “No.”
Like Vos, he believes that forcing groups to satisfy a four-year sponsorship ensure requirement will supply extra steadiness and safety for ladies within the recreation.
“I accept as true with the four-year ensure as a result of it’ll assist ladies’s groups supply longer make stronger, a larger long run,” Stam mentioned.
Vos has remained with the similar group since she became professional within the elite ranks in 2006. The group has taken on a number of identify sponsorship adjustments through the years: Crew DSB, Nederland Bloeit (2010), Rabobank (2012), WM3 Energie (2017), WaowDeals (2018) and CCC-Liv starting in 2019.
Vos is reduced in size to race with CCC-Liv thru 2020. She not too long ago secured the entire identify of the 2019 Ladies’s WorldTour after an excellent season noticed her win Trofeo Alfredo Binda, 4 phases on the Giro Rosa, L. a. Direction by way of Le Excursion de France, and Girls Excursion of Norway.
Groups ceaselessly depend on signing big-name riders, like Vos, to safe identify sponsorship investment every 12 months. Alternatively, Vos mentioned that the brand new four-year sponsorship ensure signifies that a group’s long run will not rely as a lot on a handful of riders’ effects.
“I’ve a license to compete with the group till the top of 2020,” Vos instructed Cyclingnews. “CCC-Liv’s licence does not rely on my contract to proceed, and naturally, that is great.”
Vos has had one of the crucial highest seasons since 2014. She’s having a look ahead to subsequent 12 months the place her number one focal point will likely be at the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, and then she’s going to come to a decision her long run in biking.
“I am that specialize in Tokyo 2020, and after that, I have no idea. With my form, I am indisputably now not achieved with the game, however I additionally do not like to seem additional forward.”