ASO, the race organiser of Paris-Tours taking place this Sunday, October 12, has announced that Pro Continental team Cycle Collstrop is finally accepted to take part in the event. After an initial statement from ASO on October 5 that it did not invite Cycle Collstrop, LPR Brakes and Mitsubishi because the teams were not included in the biological passport programme of the UCI, the Paris-based company has changed its mind.
"After a verification of the UCI, which guarantees that the riders of Cycle Collstrop comply with the criteria of the biological passport, the outfit has been put back on the list of invited teams," read a statement on ASO's website. There will thus be 23 teams at the start of the Autumn Classic. Defending champion Alessandro Petacchi's team LPR Brakes and Mitsubishi, meanwhile, remain unwelcome.