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Rock gets license at the wire, Cinelli on ice

Rock Racing has something to celebrate

Rock Racing has something to celebrate (Image credit: Vero Image)

By Laura Weislo

The Rock Racing team has met all of its obligations for being licensed as a UCI Continental team for the 2009 season, USA Cycling said Saturday. The team was late in submitting the required bank guarantee, and was given a deadline of close of business Friday to make the deposit of 10% of the riders' salaries or it would not receive the license.

"It went down to the wire, but Rock Racing finally fulfilled all of its obligations for registering as a UCI Continental Team in 2009," USA Cycling's chief operating officer Sean Petty told Cyclingnews. "We will inform the UCI that Rock Racing will be a Continental Team in 2009. We have informed the UCI as well as the Argentinean Cycling Federation so they know the team is now eligible to compete in the Tour of San Luis in Argentina."

Rock Racing wasn't the only team going down to the last minute on its UCI licensing. The new Cinelli squad led by Nico Mattan which is set to be the new romping ground of Belgian bad boy Frank Vandenbroucke, has yet to complete the procedure. Mattan told Het Nieuwsblad that he got the application in on Thursday. "The license is only a matter of days away."

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.