AG2R La Mondiale is a French team established in 1992, orginially under the name of Team Chazal Vanille et Mure.
In 2008, the team name was updated and in 2016 AG2R La Mondiale finished 2016 with eight victories, all apart from one won in France.
Founded in 2006, the BMC Racing Team is a United States-registered UCI WorldTour team sponsored by BMC Switzerland. The former team of Cadel Evams concluded the 2016 season with 29 victories, including the Rio Olympic Games gold medal.
Dimension Data became the first African team in the UCI in 2016. Racing as pro-continental team ‘MTN-Qhubeka’ in 2015, the outfit enjoyed 34 professional victories, including five Tour de France stage victories, in their debut year in the WorldTour.
Team Katusha is Russia’s first top-tiered cycling team and part of the country’s ‘Russian Global Cycling Project’. Conceived, developed and created in 2008, Team Katusha joined the WorldTour in 2009 and changed their name to Team Katusha Alpecin in 2017. In 2016, they recorded 25 professional victories, including stage wins at each of the three grand tours.
A Dutch outfit established in 1984 and famous for its period as ‘Rabobank’ between 1996 and 2012. New sponsors in 2015 saw the name change to LottoNL-Jumbo. After a soft season of seven wins in 2015, they improved in 2016, recording 19 professional victories for the year.
Despite a number of team name changes, Lotto-Soudal was first created in 1985 and, thanks to the continued support of ‘Lotto’, raced their 30th season in 2015. The Belgian team took 21 victories in 2016, including ten wins courtesy of sprinter Andre Greipel.
The home team was established in 2011 to be the first Australian professional team to race in the UCI WorldTour. After debuting in 2012, they change their name to ORICA-SCOTT in 2017 having concluded the 2016 season with 29 victories, including one-day Classics Paris-Roubaix and Il Lombardia.
British powerhouse Team Sky was founded in 2009 as Sky Procycling and has only grown from strength to strength since their debut in the UCI WorldTour. In 2016, Team Sky enjoyed 39 professional wins, including five Grand Tour stages and overall victory at the Tour de France.
Registered in the United States and operating from Luxembourg, Trek Factory Racing was launched in 2011. Registering 22 wins in 2016, the team was ranked 9th in the WorldTour at the end of the most recent season.
UnitedHealthcare, developed by Momentum Sports Group in 2003, is a UCI pro-continental team based in America. The outfit took six professional victories in 2016, including a win on Australian soil at the Herald Sun Tour.
Cycling Australia, the national governing body of cycling in Australia, will select an open age national team to compete at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. As a nation, Australia finished eighth in the world in the UCI WorldTour rankings in 2016.