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Saxo Bank sweat over WorldTour status

PARIS -- Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank team must wait to find out if they are to be included in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) WorldTour division for 2013 after their omission from the UCI's provisional list of 15 teams released Monday.

Saxo Bank failed to make the initial cut based on sporting merit, which took into account each team's top 12 riders under contract for the 2013 season.

The Danish outfit were unable to count Contador's points as a result of the Spaniard's doping suspension, resulting in them being ranked 20th and leaving them as one of five teams which will vie for the final three places in cycling's top tier.

The UCI revealed that it will announce shortly after the Nov. 1 deadline the registration of the UCI ProTeams with a valid 2013 WorldTour license that have satisfied all criteria — including ethical, financial and administrative.

The remaining teams will be subject to a thorough evaluation by the License Commission, with the first decisions on Nov. 26 and the final decisions made on Dec. 10.

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