A total of 18 teams are on the UCI WorldTour roster for the 2017 season. Here, Velon runs the rule over who's who this year.
Coming soon - individual team and rider pages.
BAHRAIN-MERIDA Pro Cycling Team
UCI Team Code: TBM
General Manager: Brent Copeland
BAHRAIN-MERIDA Pro Cycling Team’s inception for the 2017 season reflects the growing appetite for top-level cycling in the Middle East. Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s aim is "to support national vision to inspire sports enthusiasts in Bahrain and the Middle East". The signature of four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali is a significant boost, with the likes of Enrico Gasparatto, Heinrich Haussler and Yukiya Arashiro supporting Nibali, one of the few riders to have won the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.
UCI Team Code: BOA
Team manager: Ralph Denk
German-based outfit BORA-hansgrohe makes the step up to WorldTour level having recruited Peter Sagan, the double world road race champion and top-ranked rider in 2016. The flamboyant Slovakian will be ably assisted by the likes of Polish climber Rafał Majka, his former team-mate at Tinkoff, as Bora-Hansgrohe debuts at the top level of elite road cycling.
UCI Team Code: KAT
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 6
General Manager: José Azevdo
Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff will again lead the charge for Katusha-Alpecin (formerly Team Katusha) in 2017, while German time trial legend Tony Martin will add another dimension to its squad. Climber Ilnur Zakarin triumphed on Stage 17 of last season’s Tour de France, the punishing climb to Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland.
ORICA-SCOTT (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: OBE
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 5
General manager: Shayne Bannan
ORICA-SCOTT (formerly ORICA-BikeExchange) continues to fly the flag for Australia on the UCI WorldTour circuit, with Scott Sports becoming co-title sponsor. Roman Kreuziger, Roger Kluge and Carlos Verona join their roster for 2017, with Michael Matthews departing for Giant-Alpecin. Last season, Aussie veteran Mathew Hayman won Paris-Roubaix in sensational style at the 15th attempt.
Quick-Step Floors Pro Cycling Team (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: EQS
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 7
General Manager: Patrick Lefevere
Quick-Step Floors (formerly Etixx-Quickstep) continues its long-standing sponsorship of elite cycling as main sponsor for the Belgian-based team: Quick-Step has been title sponsor since 1998. Marcel Kittel, Tom Boonen and Dan Martin are among the best-known riders in the team's current line-up while New Zealand’s Jack Bauer began 2017 in style by winning his National ITT Championships in Napier on Friday 6th January.
Team Sunweb (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: SUN
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 16
General Manager: Iwan Spekenbrink
Sunweb’s arrival as title sponsor creates Team Sunweb, a new name for 2017. Formerly known as Giant-Alpecin, the team will continue to ride Giant bikes and boasts an impressive line-up with Tom Dumoulin and Warren Barguil just two of the riders capable of making an impact at the big races this season. They're joined from ORICA-Scott by sprinter Michael Matthews.
Team UAE Abu Dhabi (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: UAE
General Manager: Giuseppe Saronni
Rui Costa, Louis Meintjes and former Team Sky sprinter Ben Swift are among the names to race in the colours of Team UAE Abu Dhabi (formerly Lampre-Merida) in 2017. At the team presentation in early January, team president Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri said: “A strong positive attitude and life along with strong competition and sport are key to a healthy mind and lifestyle and we here in the Emirates want to promote such positive values.”
For the following 11 teams on the UCI WorldTour in 2017, there are new faces and some kit changes.
AG2R La Mondiale
UCI Team Code: ALM
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 13
General Manager: Vincent Lavenu
The richly talented Romain Bardet will spearhead AG2R's assault on the Tour de France again in 2017. Bardet is a world-class climber who has also made his name as a daring descender. Bardet's compatriot Alexis Vuillermoz will hope to add to his Tour de France stage win back in 2015. Stijn Vandenbergh, formerly of Etixx-Quick Step, arrives along with Mathias Frank (previously with IAM Cycling).
Astana Pro Team
UCI Team Code: AST
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 10
General Manager: Alexandre Vinokourov
Fabio Aru will target the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España in 2017, and Astana will have high hopes of success for the Italian who triumphed at the Vuelta back in 2015 (having finished second at the Giro that same year). Riders to join include Oscar Gatto, Jesper Hansen, Moreno Moser and Michael Valgren.
BMC Racing Team (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: BMC
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 4
General Manager: Jim Ochowicz
BMC Racing Team's power-packed roster is not short of riders who will aim for headline victories throughout the 2017 season. Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet is a versatile performer who will target one-day races and Grand Tour stage wins while overall Grand Tour contender Richie Porte has emphasised how important the 2017 season is for him. Nicholas Roche arrives from Team Sky, joining other big names like Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen.
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: CDT
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 8
General Manager: Jonathan Vaughters
Andrew Talansky and Rigoberto Uran will both give Jonathan Vaughters's team strong options to be competitive in the General Classification at the Grand Tours, while the signing of Sep Vanmarcke enhances their hopes of winning a Monument or a significant one-day race. Hugh Carthy is another notable arrival for the 2017 campaign.
Team Dimension Data
UCI Team Code: DDD
General Manager: Doug Ryder
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 18
"Africa's Team" enjoyed an excellent year in 2016 with sprinter Mark Cavendish on scintillating form and Steve Cummings pulling off a thrilling stage win at the Tour de France. They will aim to build on that success in 2017 aided by the seasoned lead-out men for Manxman Cavendish like Bernard Eisel and Mark Renshaw. Expect talented Eritrean climber Daniel Teklehaimanot to target KOM points and the famous polka-dot jersey at the Tour de France.
UCI Team Code: FDJ
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 11
General Manager: Marc Madiot
Thibaut Pinot traditionally prioritises the Tour de France but the 26-year-old will be targeting the Giro d'Italia this year, while Arnaud Démare will lead the team at the Tour. Démare will also aim to defend his Milan-San Remo title. The team has said that Pinot will also ride the Tour, targeting KOM points and stage victories rather than the General Classification.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: TLJ
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 12
General Manager: Richard Plugge
Team LottoNL-Jumbo is looking ahead to the new 2017 season "with much ambition". The talented 23-year-old Dylan Groenewegen will aim to sprint to victories in big races, while Steven Kruijswijk will target overall victory at the Giro d'Italia in May. The experienced Robert Gesink will target stage wins at the Tour de France in July.
Lotto Soudal (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: LTS
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 14
General Manager: Cees Pille
Lotto Soudal enjoyed some significant successes in 2016 with four stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and two at the Tour de France. Andre Greipel alone chalked up three stages wins at the Giro and one at the Tour, and the German rider's straight-line speed is always a worry for his sprint rivals. Frenchman Tony Gallopin (above) is another rider capable of eye-catching performances and big-race victories.
UCI Team Code: MOV
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 1
General Manager: Eusebio Unzué
Movistar Team was the No 1-ranked outfit across the season in 2016 and will again launch attempts to win the biggest races - with Colombian climber Nairo Quintana potentially riding the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. The evergreen Alejandro Valverde is capable of big victories, as is Winner Anacona.
Team Sky (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: SKY
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 3
General Manager: Sir Dave Brailsford
Team Sky will focus on making an impact across all forms of racing in 2017 and has the talent in its squad to build on a hugely impressive collection of wins in recent seasons. Already a three-time winner, Chris Froome aims to defend his Tour de France title, with Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas set for joint team leadership at the Giro d'Italia. Michal Kwiatkowski will target the Spring Classics. Owain Doulll, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Lukasz Wisniowski and Kenny Elissonde all join for the 2017 season.
Trek-Segafredo (Velon team)
UCI Team Code: TFS
2016 WorldTour Ranking: 9
General Manager: Luca Guercilena
Trek-Segafredo has no shortage of high-profile additions to its 2017 line-up with Spaniard Alberto Contador and German John Degenkolb both coming on board. Contador hopes to recapture his Grand Tour-winning form while Degenkolb will be hungry for wins in the Classics and at the Grand Tours. Jarlinson Pantano, Mattias Brändle and Koen de Kort also feature among the new signings for 2017.