Katusha registered as Pro Continental by UCI

Katusha

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.

Related links

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

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.