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UCI recommends provisional license for Lampre

The Lampre team, which has been denied a ProTour license because of "serious administrative non-compliances," may be able to start next week's Tour Down Under at the request of the UCI ProTour Council.

The Lampre team, which has been denied a ProTour license because of “serious administrative non-compliances,” may be able to start next week’s Tour Down Under at the request of the UCI ProTour Council.

The Council has asked the group’s licensing commission to grant the Italian team a provisional license so the team can start the Australian race. The provisional license would expire March 31 if the team does not comply with licensing requirements by then.

“It is in cycling’s utmost interest and especially the riders and the entire team staff, that the UCI has intervened by putting forward a proposal for a provisional solution that it has submitted to the Licences Commission,” the UCI said in a press release issued Wednesday.

The Licenses Commission will meet Friday and decide whether to accept the proposal.