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.
However, last week Nibali made it very clear that he is not leaving Team Astana and is confident that the team will be granted the racing license for the next season. Alexander Vinokourov is also sure that the team’s WorldTour license will not be withheld.
The results of the investigation being carried out by the License Commission are likely to be announced by the 10th of December, 2014.
Along with Team Astana, Team Europcar is another pro cycling team that has not been granted the license.
The WorldTour license is extremely essential because it gives the ultimate chance to the team’s to compete in cycling races such as Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana and Tour de France.
A total of 16 teams have received their license for the 2015 cycling season like Team Sky, Trek Factory Racing, Tinkoff-Saxo, Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, Team Katusha, Team Giant-Alpechin, Team Cannondale-Garmin, Orica GreenEdge, Movistar, BMC Racing Team and so on.