Katusha, whose rider Joaqium Rodriguez finished second in last year’s Giro d’Italia, will be able to compete in the Tour de France and other top races after sport’s highest court overruled a decision by cycling’s governing body.
The Russian team’s appeal of a decision by the International Cycling Union, or UCI, was overruled by a three-person panel from the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the team will be given a license for the elite 2013 season, the court said today in an e-mailed statement.
UCI refused the team an elite license in December after a probe by an auditor, giving it a second-tier license that would have limited Katusha to lower-profile races. A CAS hearing was held Feb. 8, and the panel decided to overturn the UCI position. It didn’t immediately release its reasoning.