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Unibet wagering on ProTour license

Cooke and van der Schueren talk

Cooke and van der Schueren talk (Image credit: Sirotti)

The Unibet.com team is confident that they will be granted a ProTour license for 2007. Team manager Hilaire Van der Schueren was quoted on sporza.be as saying, "We have met all three of the UCI's conditions, so the chance that we will get a license is 100%. We even received a written confirmation from the UCI that we will get the license".

They've met the financial conditions required for the ProTour license, and have signed contracts with the required 25 riders. The team is, however, lacking an important feature, a team leader. Rumors had linked the Kazakh rider Andrej Kashechkin as a possible addition for Unibet.com. Jacques Hanegraaf told sporza.be "We don't need any more neo-pros, we need a team leader. Kashechkin is a logical candidate, but other teams will be thinking this way". Kashechkin is still officially under contract with Manolo Saiz's Astana team.

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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.