The (Almost) Complete Guide to 2019's UCI XC World Cup Teams
With the World Cup XC season kicking off properly in Germany in May, we've taken a closer look at who will be battling it out this year. The UCI hasn't differentiated between Elite and standard teams yet this year so we've passed our magnifying glass over the top 15 teams from last year plus any remaining Elite teams from 2018 to cover as many as possible.
Noticeable absences from our list?
The Clif Bar Team hasn't registered this year but have mentioned Catharine Pendrel will be part of the team next year and there may be some men in the team as well. Two big hitters in Julien Absalon and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja both announced their retirements after legendary careers. Julien will continue his involvement in the sport and sponsors Jordan Sarrou through Absolute Absalon. Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand race on BMC Racing Team. Pauline Ferrand Prevot is registered as part of the Canyon Factory Downhill team but will continue to ride for Canyon // SRAM Racing in all disciplines. Jenny Rissveds, Laura Stigger and Jaroslav Kulhavy are racing on Specialized independent programs.
In addition to the UCI Elite MTB teams above, here are all the registered UCI MTB teams that will have riders on the start line throughout the World Cup season:
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