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Unibet has been given a ProTour licence, but the UCI hasn’t decided about Astana yet. Also, Allan Da
PIC BY VUELTAANDALUCIA.COM The UCI licences commission has ruled that Belgian team Unibet.com should receive a four year ProTour licence. The decision was made last Friday, with the UCI also voting to take away Manolo Saiz’s Active Bay ProTour licence. But it’s not yet known whether Astana, through Marc Biver’s Zeus Srl management company, will be part of the ProTour. The UCI has granted Zeus Srl a few more days to complete its application “due to technical difficulties with the provision of documents.” The final deadline is Wednesday, December 20. Team Barloworld will definitely not receive a ProTour licence, while Caisse d’Epargne (Abarca Sport), T-Mobile (High Road Sport), Saunier Duval – Prodir (GM Bikes SA) and Gerolsteiner (Holczer Radsport-Marketing GmbH) all have extensions until 2010. Team Milram (Ciclosport srl) has been given a licence until 2009. As far as the ongoing battle between the UCI and the organisers of the major tours is concerned, the UCI issued the following in a statement: “. all teams with a UCI ProTour licence will have the right and obligation to take part in 27 races on the 2007 UCI ProTour calendar. In this respect, the recent statements made by ASO, RCS and Unipublic should be considered as totally unfounded as far as the rules are concerned.” Allan Davis case closed The Operaci¢n Puerto related investigation into Australian sprinter Allan Davis has been closed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). Cycling Australia confirmed this on Monday in a communiqu. Davis, a former Liberty Seguros rider, was named in July this year in association with Puerto. In September, the UCI sent a file on Davis to Cycling Australia, who passed it on to ASADA. On December 14, ASADA closed the case. Allan Davis has always maintained his innocence in the affair. “I would like to thank my family and friends for their support during recent months and my lawyers in Australia, Peter Fitzgerald, and in Spain, Pablo Arregi, for their work to resolve this,” said Davis in a letter. “Now I can get on with doing my job, riding my bike and hopefully winning bike races again.” Davis confirmed he is in negotiation with teams for the 2007 season. “I had a short break off the bike but have been in training since September with the full confidence that I would be back racing for 2007.” Young Australian cyclist killed 19 year-old Australian rider Scott Peoples was killed over the weekend while training. Peoples, from Shepparton in Victoria, was riding on the Maroondah Highway in Merton when he was struck from behind by a 4WD vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident, while the driver was taken to hospital for treatment for shock. Peoples was a double stage winner in last month’s Tour of Southland in New Zealand and finished third overall in the 2006 Tour of Tasmania. He had recently been signed to a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport. “Scott was a young rider with a great future ahead of him but that future has been cruelly cut short,” said Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends as they try to deal with their terrible loss. “This tragedy once again highlights the need for motorists to take special care and be aware of cyclists on our roads. Many Australians, both young and old, will be receiving bicycles for Christmas and will be on the roads trying them out so I urge all motorists to be patient because an extra five minutes added to your journey is a small price to pay to keep a cyclist safe.” World 200m record for Bos Dutch sprinter Theo Bos has broken an 11 year-old mark for the flying 200 metre time trial on the track. Bos clocked an incredible 9.772 seconds (73.767 km/h) for the distance at the Krylatskoye velodrome in Moscow over the weekend. The previous best mark of 9.865 seconds was set by Canadian Kurt Harnett at the high altitude track in Bogota, Colombia in 1995. Bos’s ride was done at sea level. 23 year-old Bos set his record during the track world cup in Moscow over the weekend. He was also the fastest qualifier in the men’s sprint in 9.892 seconds, and went onto win the sprint final ahead of Stefan Nimke. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.