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Sponsor Fuji pleased with Vuelta appeal

Fuji-Servetto is ready to move on and focus on its preparations for the Vuelta a España after winning the right to participate in this year’s event, according to Fuji Bikes marketing director Karen Bliss. The team received official confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday evening to take part in the final Grand Tour of 2009.

Bliss says the verdict restores the value of the ProTour license held by the team it sponsors. “I am pleased that CAS ruled in favor of Fuji-Servetto,” said Bliss. “As a UCI ProTour team they have the right to race in all ProTour and Historical events. The UCI stood with Fuji-Servetto throughout the arduous legal process. This decision restores the value of owning a ProTour license.

“We know the team is very happy and looks forward to competing in this prestigious event and focusing all of its efforts on racing now that this is behind us,” added Bliss.

The Grand Tour organisers attempted to keep the 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.

Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.