Cycling - Katusha receive Professional Continental license

The UCI has officially confirmed the registration of Katusha as a professional continental team.

The Russian team have been denoted to the second tier of professional cycling after the UCI rejected their application to compete in the World Tour.

Last week, Katusha's emergency bid for a World Tour licence was turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Katusha, who finished second in the World Tour standings in 2012 and have world number one Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain riding for them, missed out on the World Tour after a UCI independent licence commission made a decision based on sporting, ethical, administrative and financial grounds.

The decision means Katusha will need invitations to take part in the Tour de France and several top one-day and one-week races.

The Giro d'Italia have already ignored Katusha for the season's first Grand Tour, handing their four wild cards to other teams, and the team are still waiting for a final decision from CAS on their appeal.