Team ELK Haus did not receive UCI wild card status for the simple reason that it did not apply for it, the Austrian Professional Continental team has said.
"After the cancellation of the Deutschland Tour, the wild card doesn't interest us at the moment," team manager Bernhard Rassinger said in a team statement. "Even without participating in the ProTour competitions, we still have a very attractive and full racing calendar."
In addition, Rassinger noted, having the wild card status does not guarantee an invitation to any ProTour races. "Besides, the financial aspects are out of proportion to any benefit to the team."(SW)