Drapac Professional Cycling welcomes confirmation from the Union Cycliste Internationale that the team will race with a Professional Continental licence in 2014 – the only team in the world to step up from Continental level next season.
Consequently, Drapac Professional Cycling will ride in the UCI WorldTour opener, the Santos Tour Down Under this coming January in Adelaide, Australia. The team’s invite was dependent on meeting the following criteria:
· The team secures a UCI Professional Continental Licence for 2014;
· The team is acknowledged by the UCI as an Australian team; and
· The team is registered as a Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) team, whereby MPCC teams impose stricter anti-doping measures beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.
With all steps now complete, Drapac can concentrate on what will be arguably their biggest race of the year.
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur said that the event has always been a great supporter of Australian cycling and congratulates Drapac on their Pro Continental status.
“A wildcard entry at the race has been discussed for many years and when Drapac made it clear to us they were aiming for Pro Continental status we decided that it was time for us to offer an invitation if that was achieved,” said Turtur.
“Drapac is a group of aspiring young cyclists who get a great opportunity to race against the best teams in the world on Australian soil, which in anyone’s book us just a fantastic opportunity.”
Drapac Team Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt said that:
“It is fantastic to receive formal confirmation from the UCI that we will be granted a Professional Continental licence. This is only the beginning of the journey but it is the final step in enabling eligibility for a wildcard invitation to the Santos Tour Down Under.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to compete in not only the biggest race on the Australian calendar but also the first, and our first, WorldTour event of the year.”