The management of the UCl has confirmed the status of the Androni Giocattoli team as they secured a Professional Continental status for 2017.
Meanwhile the fate of Giuseppe Saronni’s TJ Sport team remains unknown, after the proposed sponsorship from China failed to materialize.
The UCl has earlier in November, awarded 20 Pro Continental licenses and 17 World Tour licenses. Stating that the position of the Polish Verva Activejet team, and TJ Sport team, were still under evaluation.
With the start of the 2017 season only a few weeks away, the Tj Sport team may be in a desperate situation as they are yet to be confirmed by the UCl.
It is unclear if Activejet team will secure Professional Continental status before next year, or if the team will settle for the lower-level continental status. On the other hand, Androni Giocattoli team can now heave a sigh of relief following their confirmation. The full list of confirmed continental teams for 2017 has not yet being released by the UCl.. Read more »
FIC & UIC are currently on clash over the latter’s tackling of Astana case. The row can lead to Nibali’s denial of Tour France title fight this year.
FIC chief Renato Rocco has raised this question lately that why UCI boss Brian Cookson did not bother to consult management committee prior to the withdrawal of Astana’s license through Licence Commission- on the ground of consistent doping scandals involving several Astana riders.
“In every mentioned cases including Women Cycling & Olympics, management committee was directly involved”, remarked the FIC boss. “However, that procedure wasn’t followed during withdrawal of Astana’s license by Licence Commission.”
“On 27th February this year, we received a PR that reported that UCI has asked for withdrawal of Astana’s World Tour license.”
However, Cookson has responded to FIC’s query stating that the withdrawal process was taken up with all necessary procedures.
“Every essential procedure was duly followed here as per the Constitution requirements”, stated Cookson’s letter.
“Throughout this urgent & important matter, I’ve taken advice from UCI legal body & ensured support from executive committee as well as management committee, where deemed appropriate.” Read more »