Katusha gets racing licence

Katusha has been given a belated racing licence for the 2013 season, the UCI has announced.

The Russian squad, which includes 2012 Giro d'Italia points classification winner Joaquim Rodriguez, had been declined its prior status as one of the leading teams on the UCI WorldTour late last year.

Its UCI Professional Continental status means it is not guaranteed a place in the leading races in 2013, leading to suggestions Rodriguez could depart.

A UCI statement read: "The UCI announces that Katusha (RUS) has been registered as a UCI Professional Continental Team for the 2013 season.

"Following the UCI Licences Commission decision on December 10, 2012 to refuse Katusha's registration as UCI ProTour (first division), the team introduced anti-doping measures that have prompted the Licences Commission to grant it registration as UCI Professional Continental Team (second division)."