UCI Licence Commission grants Katusha Professional Continental status, but CAS dispute continues

UCI confirms that if CAS backs Katusha WorldTour licence appeal, one team will lose its top-flight place

by Simon_MacMichael   January 15, 2013  

Katusha - Rodriguez, Ekimov and Menchov (source Katusha)

The UCI's Licence Commission has registerd Katusha as a second division UCI Professional Continental team for the current season. The decision is entirely separate to the outcome of the Russian outfit's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the earlier decision of the UCI Licence Commission to refuse it a top-flight UCI WorldTour licence for 2013. Should Katusha win that, another team will have to drop out of the WorldTour to make way for it, the UCI has told road.cc.

UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani confirmed to road.cc that the Professional Continental licence was granted to Katusha at a meetiung of the Licence Commission last night, but stressed that it had no connection with the ongoing dispute regarding the non-awarding of a WorldTour licence. No date for Katusha's hearing on that issue has appeared on the CAS website as yet.

Carpani added that should Katusha's appeal be successful, seven or eight teams - he was unable to immediately recall the precise number - would have to begin the WorldTour registration process all over again, and that one of those would lose its place, since there can only be 18 WorldTour teams, not 19 which there would be if Katusha were readmitted.

With the WorldTour season due to start next week with the Santos Tour Down Under, it's a far from ideal situation for the sport to find itself in.

Until that matter is resolved, Katusha's status in effect remains unclear; as a Professional Continental team, it would have to rely on wild card entries to the sport's biggest races, and despite finishing last year as the world number-two ranked team, it has already missed out on and invitation to the Giro d'Italia, although organisers RCS Sport have given it a place in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and the Giro di Lombardia.

Joaquim Rodriguez, who won the latter last season and also finished on the podium in both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta, has made the Tour de France his biggest priority for 2013. As things stand, without WorldTour status there is no guarantee Katusha will ride the Tour, and the Spaniard has been linked by the press to several other teams.

 

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Send them all a raffle ticket and just draw them out.....Thats how stupid this is getting

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
15th January 2013 - 16:07

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Surely if the team has been refused a World Tour licence on the grounds of ethics, granting a Continental licence cannot be right. If they cannot be trusted at World Tour level they cannot be trusted at Continental level. More UCI madness.

Old Man Miller

posted by Old Man Miller [11 posts]
15th January 2013 - 18:46

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A bit of behind closed doors wrestling and threats of disclosure methinks.

antonio

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posted by antonio [962 posts]
15th January 2013 - 18:57

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Old Man Miller wrote:
Surely if the team has been refused a World Tour licence on the grounds of ethics, granting a Continental licence cannot be right. If they cannot be trusted at World Tour level they cannot be trusted at Continental level. More UCI madness.

At this point it begins to seem plausible that all this was simply caused by a few cash-stuffed envelopes being lost in the mail en route to Switzerland. Now they found the envelopes again.

posted by Shanghaied [41 posts]
15th January 2013 - 19:06

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If CAS approves the appeal, any bets Argos will lose its place again.....Then they will go to CAS.....this is going to roll on all season

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
15th January 2013 - 22:07

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