Alonso's new team awaits licence decision before signing riders

Fernando Alonso's manager, Luis Garcia-Abad can't sign any riders until they learn whether or not their licence application has been successful. But with riders signing contracts already, they could be left with nothing

Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Fernando Alonso has begun his race to start a cycling team with his application for a UCI licence. Ahead of the deadline last Friday, August 1, his manager submitted its request to have a first division team for 2015.

"We've got people working on forming the team and they are following the deadlines imposed by the UCI," Luis García-Abad told Spain's AS newspaper, "Without the licence, we can't do anything."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.