Neri Sottoli granted Pro Continental license, with conditions

Italian second-division squad will retain its Pro Continental license in the wake of doping scandal, but must submit to CADF oversight

It appears that Neri Sottoli — also known as Yellow Fluo — has caught a break after a sour end to the 2014 season. The UCI License Commission announced that the Italian team would be registered as a Pro Continental squad for the coming year.

However, their license comes with strings attached. “In the case of Yellow Fluo, it is vital that they comply with the conditions outlined,” UCI president Brian Cookson said.

Neri Sottoli’s status had been in doubt after Matteo Rabottini tested positive for EPO in September. A few months later, the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) suspended Neri Sottoli for nearly the entire 2015 season.

“With regards to Yellow Fluo,” the UCI said in a statement, “the License Commission has decided to register the team as a UCI Professional Continental team for the 2015 season upon the condition that team undergoes stringent controls by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation and the UCI to verify the team’s implementation of its announced anti-doping measures.”

Rabottini’s failed anti-doping test was not the first knock against Neri Sottoli. In the 2013 Giro, two of its riders, Danilo Di Luca and Mauro Santambrogio, tested positive for EPO, when the team was known as Vini Fantini.

All of this comes as the Italian team is aiming to return to the Giro in 2015.