Ag2R La Mondiale
Garmin-Cervelo Makes me quite concerned... Anyone know more?
Movistar not sure what the story is on this one... anyone know more?
Omega Pharma-Quick Step yes
Saxo Bank-SunGard if Contador doesn't get banned
1T4I (Skil-Shimano) yes, if they come up with the sponsorship they claim to have in the bag
Europcar yes; welcome back, despite your ugly kit
Green Edge yes
Lotto-Ridley I'm hearing concerned grumblings
FDJ What? You guys again? Lucky the competition is thin...
So with 18 places, there are several scenarios where there could be fewer than 18 teams there to take them. Which actually could mean Saxo Bank gets by even without Contador's points. And with Geox probably gone, there could be some Pro Continental teams that could pick up more points on the cheap and maybe the UCI would let them in with late applications (and maybe reduced requirements??).
So then who comes in next? Pro Continental applications include (my picks for possible upgrade-by-fiat in bold): Accent Jobs, Androni Giocattoli, Bertagne-Schuller, Caja Rural, Cofidis le credit en ligne, Conago-CSF Inox, Farnese Vini, Landbouwkrediet, Saur-Sojasun, Spidertech-C10, NetApp, Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator and American squads Team Type 1-Sanofi and UnitedHealthcare.
But imagine any one of those teams picking up Cobo on the cheap from the ashes of Geox - they could easily vault themselves above the likes of a sans-Contador Saxo Bank in the rankings. If they were absolved of the UCI's cash-in-hand requirements for WorldTour teams, I imagine they'd jump at the chance.
For reference, UCI press release
But then what do I know? Thoughts?