The UCI has lost a legal battle in the Court of Arbitration for Sport after a long-running dispute over rules that neutralized points for riders coming off racing bans.
According to Spanish daily El País, CAS ruled in favor of Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff in the legal spat with the UCI.
Rules approved by the UCI, which denied points for an additional two years on top of a ban in part to provide a disincentive to riders and teams coming off doping bans, were deemed inappropriate by CAS in a ruling handed down October 11. There was no news on the CAS website and the report could not be independently verified.
The decision means that points earned by Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde, who both served two-year racing bans for different cases, will be applied to the team rankings.
The points were important for each team to assure a place in the World Tour, more so for Saxo, which counted on Contador to account for more than half of the team’s points.