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UCI cuts Lampre some slack

The UCI grants provisional registration to Lampre, letting the Italian team remain part of the ProTour through March.

The UCI has given Lampre a temporary reprieve that lets the Italian team remain part of the ProTour through March.

The Italian squad is evidently struggling to meet requirements imposed by the ProTour, but the UCI has allowed for a stopgap measure to give the team more time to get its house in order.

“This proposal was drawn up in the best interests of cycling and to assist the riders and personnel of the Italian team in particular,” a press release stated. “Consequently, the Lampre-Farnese Vini team has been granted provisional registration until 31 March 2010. If at this date the team’s situation is considered not to comply with the regulations, a renewed request for the withdrawal of the Lampre-Farnese Vini team’s licence will be submitted to the Licence Commission.”

Lampre is the home of such riders as Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi.