Katusha's exclusion from the WorldTour and how it may benefit the UCI
We analyze possible motives behind the UCI's exclusion of Katusha Team from the 2013 WorldTour, which has left Katusha in a cold and bleak midwinter of discontent. We look at possible effects of the exclusion of Team Katusha and the inclusion of Argos-Shimano and Saxo-Tinkoff.
seeking to reduce the number of Pro Continental teams in future years, as Katusha's presence in the category will make it even harder for Pro Continental teams such as NetApp-Endura, Cofidis, Vini Fantini and MTN-Qhubeka to remain viable. These teams will receive fewer race invitations because one spot is already taken by Katusha Team spearheaded by World number 1 rider Rodriguez.
Having fewer professional cycling teams makes it easier for the UCI to influence and monitor teams and maintain a greater level of structural stability within the sport of cycling. A greater level of structural stability and the derived higher level of analytical predictability may also lead to current and future WorldTour team sponsors being more willing to invest additional funds in cycling. On the other hand, reduced inter-team competition and financially stronger teams may make it easier for teams to join forces in attempts aimed at affecting legislation coming from the UCI.