Katusha’s World Tour Return Paris-Nice and Criterium Swells Teams To 23

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PARIS, Feb 19, 2013 (AFP) – Katusha’s successful appeal to be reintegrated
into cycling’s World Tour means 23 teams instead of the usual 22 will line up
for the Paris-Nice and Criterium du Dauphine races, organisers ASO announced
on Tuesday.

“We aren’t going to leave a team by the side of the road,” Christian
Prudhomme, director of the two stage events as well as the Tour de France,
told AFP.

Katusha are back in cycling’s top league after overturning their original
exclusion from the circuit on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
(CAS).

CAS handed down its verdict in favour of the controversial Russian outfit
last week.

While 23 teams compete for the March 3-10 Paris-Nice and June 2-9 Criterium
du Duaphine, the cast list for the Tour de France remains at 22, Prudhomme
said – the 19 teams with World Tour licences plus three invitees, instead of
the traditional four.

He added that the number of riders per team would remain at nine for the
Tour de France, rather than the eight-strong teams for the other races.

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