Russian team Katusha has been registered as a Professional Continental-level team for 2013 after it failed to meet the Union Cycliste Internationale's criteria for a WorldTour licence.
The UCI said in a statement that Katusha had "introduced anti-doping measures that have prompted the Licences Commission to grant it registration as UCI Professional Continental Team" after failing to gain a ProTeam, WorldTour licence for 2013.
Although being registered in the UCI's second division means that Katusha does not qualify for automatic entry into WorldTour races, it does mean they have a chance of wildcard selection. However, when Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport announced the wildcard entries for this year's race, Katusha were not on the list.
The team has said that it will continue to fight for a WorldTour licence and has filed an appeal against the UCI decision with Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Katusha takes WorldTour case to court
Katusha ready to fight UCI over WorldTour exclusion
Katusha: Why was the Russian team relegated
Saxo Tinkoff in, Katusha out of UCI WorldTour
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1