The License Commission of UCI is still reviewing Team Astana for the five doping scandals involving two riders from the WorldTour Team and three riders from the Continental Team. Although the UCI has to make an official announcement regarding this matter, it seems that Astana might lose its racing license for the next cycling season.
If Astana is not granted its license then Vincenzo Nibali (Astana team rider and Tour de France 2014 winner) will not qualify for the major cycling events automatically. He will need invitations to compete in the grand tours such as Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
Astana team’s management has decided that in case the team does not get its license, they will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Fabio Aru and Nibali will have every right to leave the team if they do not get the opportunity to participate in the WorldTour in 2015. Read More