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Lampre granted full ProTour license

Lampre has been granted full ProTour status, months after the UCI gave the Italian team a provisional license. The team, which features former Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego and sprinter Alessandro Petacchi on its roster, has fulfilled requirements that the UCI demanded be met before receiving a full license. The…

Lampre has been granted full ProTour status, months after the UCI gave the Italian team a provisional license.

The team, which features former Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego and sprinter Alessandro Petacchi on its roster, has fulfilled requirements that the UCI demanded be met before receiving a full license.

The world’s governing body of cycling had initially held off on rubber-stamping Lampre’s application to remain within cycling’s elite due to discrepancies in the team’s application.

A UCI statement issued Thursday noted that the team had cleared up the issues of concern.

“The Italian team Lampre-Farnese Vini has been registered as a UCI ProTeam by the International Cycling Union,” the statement noted. “On January 25th, the UCI announced that the Lampre-Farnese Vini team had been provisionally registered until 31st March 2010. Following an examination of the team’s file on this date, the Lampre-Farnese Vini team’s situation is judged to be in compliance with the regulations, and the Licenses Commission has deemed the matter closed.”

Lampre’s inclusion in the ranks of the ProTour means cycling’s top division now has 18 teams.