RusVelo, Andalucia miss Pro Continental licenses

Champion System is back in the sport's second division with two other late additions, but the Russian squad is up for additional review

The UCI announced on Wednesday that three additional teams had received Pro Continental licenses for 2013, but that the Russian RusVelo squad had been denied registration, pending a review.

Following the late November meeting of the UCI Licensing Committee, Italian squad Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, French Bretagne-Séché Environnement, and Chinese Champion System were granted second division licenses for the coming season. These licenses qualify the teams for potential wildcard selection by WorldTour events.

RusVelo, the Pro Continental feeder team to Katusha, which last week missed out on a WorldTour license over what the UCI has billed “ethical grounds,” will face a review in January 2013 to determine its license status. It is unclear at this time whether the delay is related to Katusha’s own potential registration in the second division. Katusha is pursuing action in the Court of Arbitration for Sport over its exclusion from the sport’s top league.

“While waiting for additional information to be provided, the Licence Commission will re-examine, in January 2013, the application of the RusVelo team,” the UCI said in a statement. “The Katusha team, initially rejected from the UCI WorldTour (first division), can apply for a place in the second division.”

The committee also denied the Spanish Andalucia team a Pro Continental license, indicating that the team could instead pursue Continental registration.

Previously announced 2013 Pro Continental teams
Accent Jobs-Wanty (BEL)
Androni Giocattoli (ITA)
Caja Rural (ESP)
CCC Polsat Polkowice (POL)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
Colombia (COL)
IAM Cycling (SUI)
Landbouwkrediet-Euphony (BEL)
MTN-Qhubeka (AFS)
Sojasun (FRA)
Team Europcar (FRA)
Team Netapp-Endura (GER)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)
UnitedHealthCare Professional Cycling Team (USA)
Vini Fantini (ITA)

New registrants
Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox (ITA)
Bretagne-Séché Environnement (FRA)
Champion System (CHN)