“The CAS will now examine an appeal from Katusha who have asked that the
commission’s decision concerning the ban on their riders be cancelled and that
Katusha are admitted (to the World Tour) for the entire 2013 season,” read a
“An audience will be fixed in the near future so that a final decision can
be taken as soon as possible,” concluded the statement.
The controversial team who count 2012 World Tour champion Joaquim Rodriguez
of Spain and Russia’s Denis Menchov in their ranks were hoping to be allowed
to take part in World Tour races until their appeal is heard.
Their exclusion from the list leaves them at the mercy of the organisers of
the major Tours as to whether they are invited to compete or not.
The team have been racing on the circuit since 2009 and finished second in
the team rankings last year behind Team Sky.
To make matters worse for the outift that are run by Russia’s Viatcheslav
Ekimov, a former team-mate of the disgraced rider Lance Armstrong, they have
been refused a wildcard entry to this year’s Giro d’Italia.
In November the Association of Race Organisers warned it would only
consider handing out invitations to teams which, unlike Katusha, had signed up
to the anti-doping charter – the Movement for Credible Cycling.
The 2013 World Tour campaign starts on January 22 with the Tour Down Under.