The UCI breaks pro racing into three levels of competition, each with its own schedule of events: a UCI WorldTour calendar, a continental calendar, and a national calendar. As the name suggests, the continental calendar amasses points from races that take place within five separate continental regions: Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa, and Oceana.
Iranian rider Mehdi Sohrabi won the Asia Tour in 2010 and 2011. In October 2011, he signed for Lotto-Belisol, which had seen the strength of its 2012 WorldTour license application deflate with the loss of Philippe Gilbert’s 718 points to BMC Racing.
Mark Johnson has covered cycling as a writer and photographer for national and international publications since the 1980s. His work has been published in cycling titles including VeloNews in the United States, Cycling Weekly in the UK, Vélo in France, and Ride Cycling Review in Australia as well as general-interest publications including The Wall Street Journal and the San Diego Union-Tribune. His book on a year with the Garmin pro cycling
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