UCI denies Europcar’s WorldTour license request

After only one year at the sport's highest level, Europcar is denied a UCI license and will have to pursue Pro Continental status

After one year of racing at the WorldTour level, Europcar was left off the list of UCI ProTeams that will compete at the sport’s highest level in 2015.

With a history dating back to 2000, when it was founded as Bonjour, the French team made it to the WorldTour in 2014 after several years in the sport’s second tier.

On Wednesday, the UCI said in a press statement, “Concerning Europcar, the License Commission has decided to reject the team’s request for registration for the 2015 season. The License Commission estimates that the team does not fulfill the financial criteria.

“The UCI will be able to evaluate the possibility of registering the team as a UCI Professional Continental team. In accordance with the UCI regulations, the registration refusal leads to the withdrawal of the UCI WorldTour license.”

French newspaper Sud Ouest had originally reported on the possibility that Europcar might not meet its financial obligations to be allowed into the WorldTour in 2015. The team announced in October that its title sponsor of four years would withdraw its support after 2015.

“Regarding Team Europcar, it is of course regrettable that the team has not been able to secure sufficient financial guarantees to remain in the UCI WorldTour, but I very much hope that they can continue as a Professional Continental Team,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.