Saxo Bank-Tinkoff miss out in first round of WorldTour licences

Alberto Contador wins Milan-Turin 2012

Alberto Contador and Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank may be fighting for wildcard invitations to next year's Grand Tours after the team missed the cut for a WorldTour licence. Because it failed to rank with the top 15 teams based of the UCI's sporting criterion released Monday, it stands on shaky ground.

As the sports governing body underlined in its press release, "The sporting criterion is crucial for the obtaining or retaining of UCI ProTeam status, in addition to compliance with ethical, financial and administrative criteria."

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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.