Vacansoleil risks losing Proteam licence over Ricco case

Vacansoleil, Tour of Qatar 2010, stage 4

Vacansoleil risks losing its spot in cycling's first division, the WorldTour due to Riccardo Riccò's doping case. The International Cycling Union (UCI) licence committee will meet to discuss the Dutch team's licence, according to Reuters.

The team earned one of the 18 Proteam licences on November 10. The licence guarantees it the right to race in all WorldTour races, including the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. The next WorldTour race is the Paris-Nice stage race in France, March 6 to 13.

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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.