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44th Terreno-Adriatico - Fuji/Servetto Participation
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Date: 3/10/2009
44th Terreno-Adriatico - Fuji/Servetto Participation

2009 Terreno-Adriatico - Fuji-Servetto Participation
CAS finds in favor of the Fuji-Servetto team to be allowed to participate in the "Race of Two Seas" but it is unclear if the team will be free to line up at the start tomorrow... A perplexing turn of events as the another controversial skirmish in the cycling wars of the past rears its head again.

Fuji/Servetto Team Statement
Laussane-based C.A.S. (Court for Arbitration Sport) has decided on behalf of the Fuji-Servetto's participation at the races Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo for the second time.

At about 18.00 CET, the Court for Arbitration in Sport (C.A.S.) adopted the following provisory decision: to allow Fuji-Servetto cycling team’s participation at the Tirreno - Adriatico and the Milan - San Remo races. The race organizer RCS Sport is forced to allow Fuji-Servetto’s appearance both of their races.

It’s the second time in four days in which the C.A.S. allows Fuji-Servetto to take part in the races organized by RCS Sport. Prior to that, on March 6th, the C.A.S. had dismissed the intention of RCS Sport on choosing the teams taking part in their races freely.

After that dismissal, RCS Sport again claimed his right, claiming "ethical inconveniences" as the reason for their posture in defense; however, that proposal was also denied by the C.A.S. The Fuji-Servetto riders chosen to take part at the Tirreno – Adriatico will take the start at the prestigious Italian stage race tomorrow, which will finish on March 17th.

The current list of invited teams does not include Fuji-Servetto, and we will have to see if the "allowed" to participate will be recongnized by RCS with the team allowed to participate and line up for the start on Wednesday. Apparently there is still the issue of how much license a race organizer has in choosing ProTour teams in their races.

The beleaguered team rose out of the ashes of the The team is rising out of the ashes of the doping scandals that plagued the Saunier-Duval squad; and has been rebuilt with new sponsors and manager: Alvaro Crespi. The team as Crespi commented earlier this year is working to rebuild its image and palmares to attain invitations to the top competitions...  “We have to give a good image of our team right from the beginning of the season.”

Teams Invited to the 2009 race:
5.Bouygues Telecom
6.Caisse D’erpagne
7.Ceramica Flaminia
10.Diquigivanni – Androni Giocattoli
11.Euskaltel – Euskadi
12.Francaise Des Jeux
17.Quick Step
19.Silence – Lotto
20.Team Colombia High Road
21.Team Katusha
22.Team Milram
23.Team Saxo
24.24. Vacance Soleil

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