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Of the fourteen, eight already have ProTour licences that expire at the end of this season. These include the Footon-Servetto team that will be sponsored by Geox, and Telefonica Movistar, who replaces Caisse d’Epargne as title sponsor of the Spanish-based team. The former Milram team has also applied for ProTour status under the name of its organising structure Velocity, although it still has to reveal if it has secured sponsorship for next season. Astana, Euskaltel-Euskadi, FDJ, Liquigas-Doimo and HTC-Columbia have also all applied to renew their expiring licences.

A further six teams that are not part of the 2010 ProTour in 2010 have submitted applications for 2011. Jean-René Bernaudeau confirmed last week that his BBox-Bouygues Telecom outfit had applied for ProTour status and fellow French squad Cofidis has followed suit. The BMC Racing team has applied for consideration, while Dutch squad Vacansoleil, who missed out on selection for all three major Tours in 2010, hopes to secure ProTour status for 2011.

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Here is the full list (from Velonews):

Eight teams requesting ProTour license renewals

* Astana (Kaz)
* Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
* Ex-Milram/Velocity (Ger)
* FDJ (Fra)
* Ex-Footon-Servetto/Geox (Spa)
* Liquigas-Doimo (Ita)
* HTC-Columbia (USA)
* Ex-Caisse d’Epargne/Team Movistar (Spa)

Six teams applying for ProTour status in 2011

* Bbox-Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
* BMC Racing (USA)
* Cofidis (Fra)
* Pegasus Sports (Aus)
* Luxembourg Cycling Project (Lux)
* Vacansoleil (Ned)

10 teams with valid ProTour licenses for 2011

* Ag2r-La Mondiale (Fra)
* Garmin-Transitions (USA)
* Lampre-Farnese Vini (Ita)
* Omega-Lotto (Bel)v
* Quick Step (Bel)
* Rabobank (Ned)
* Team Sky (GBR)
* Katusha (Rus)
* RadioShack (USA)
* Saxo Bank (Den)

Ex-Milram seems the shakiest of the current holders, with no new sponsor.

Liquigas-Doimo, HTC-Columbia and Ex-Caisse d’Epargne/Team Movistar are probably slam dunks.

- IMHO, the Fly V Aussie team, Vacansoleil, and Cofidis are long shots.

B-Box is my personal favorite for the "upgrade" followed by BMC.

Being interesting to see how the Conty-free Astana squad fares. . .
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