Katusha to appeal to CAS after UCI rejects World Tour application
Katusha have appealed to the CAS after the UCI rejected their application to compete in the World Tour.
Last Updated: 15/12/12 1:40pm
Russian cycling team Katusha have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after cycling's world governing body (UCI) rejected their application to compete in the World Tour.
The UCI said the move was made by the independent licence commission which makes its decisions on sporting, ethical, administrative and financial grounds.
The decision means Katusha - who say they have received no explanation from the UCI - will need invitations to take part in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Tour of Spain and several top one-day and one-week races in 2013.
Katusha said in a statement: "We have filed an appeal to the Lausanne-based court, contesting the UCI's decision from December 10, 2012 to turn down the team's request to extend their World Tour licence for 2013."
"The UCI violates the canons of sports ethics and causes irreparable moral and psychological harm to the athletes before the start of the new season.
Katusha finished second in the World Tour standings in 2012 and have world No 1 Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain riding for them.