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Fuji-Servetto wins appeal for Vuelta entry

Team Fuji-Servetto at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina

Team Fuji-Servetto at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Fuji-Servetto team has won the right to enter the 2009 Vuelta a España 2009, it declared on Friday. The team announced it had received the official confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday evening.

The Grand Tour organisers attempted to keep the ProTour team from participating in several races this year, including Paris-Nice, Milan-Sanremo, the Giro d'Italia and Tirreno-Adriatico.

The team, formerly known as Saunier-Duval, was not allowed in the 2009 Tour de France after last year being kicked out of the race following the EPO CERA scandal with Riccardo Riccò, winner of two stages.

The team was given a late entry into the Giro d'Italia after being initially denied an invitation by organiser RCS Sport.

The team will now have to gear up for the biggest race of the season for Spanish teams - its home Grand Tour.

The race kicks off in Assen, The Netherlands, with a prologue on August 29.