Iran no-show in Salzburg

Visa problems resulted in a six-man team from Iran unable to make it to Salzburg in time to contest the world road championships.

According to Qatar's The Peninsula, UCI officials in Salzburg received a letter from the Iranian federation last Monday, indicating the team's travel plans were delayed because their visas could not be processed in time. Reports in the Austrian media claim the federation did not receive the visa documents until September 10.

"Problems with the delivering of visas are new to us," said UCI press officer Enrico Carpani, saying there was little cycling's governing body could do to resolve the problem.

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