January 09, 2004
Domina Vacanze, Kelme demoted to Division 2
The UCI has posted its final lineup of Division 1 road teams, and not only was the Kelme team demoted (which may lead to its dissolution), but also Mario Cipollini's Domina Vacanze team.
In a VeloNews story Thursday, Kelme officials expressed confidence they had qualified at the last minute, and would remain in Division 1.
Added to Division 1 instead were Palmans Collstrop of Belgium and Relax Bodysol of Spain.
The demoted teams have until January 15th to register as 2nd Division squads, which are less likely to compete in World Cup events.
Update: According to the Yahoo! Sports story on the reclassifications:
Kelme team director Vicente Belda told Spanish state television that the team would continue despite its relegation.
"We have to continue with enthusiasm even though we have dropped into the second division for the sake of all the families that depend on us and for the sake of Spanish cycling fans," he said.
Update: Janna Trevisanut covers the Kelme and Domina Vacanze demotion in incredible detail at dailypeloton.com.
Posted by Frank Steele on January 9, 2004 | Permalink
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