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Bardiani-CSF, Colombia and YellowFluo handed Giro d'Italia wildcard invitations

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
January 16, 2014, 13:35 GMT,
Updated:
January 16, 2014, 15:08 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, January 16, 2014
Race:
Giro d'Italia
The CSF Bardiani team works together

The CSF Bardiani team works together

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Same three invitees as in 2013

Bardiani-CSF, Colombia and YellowFluo-Neri Sottoli have been awarded wildcard invitations to the 2014 Giro d’Italia, organisers RCS Sport announced on Thursday. The three teams join Coppa Italia winners Androni-Venezuela and the 18 WorldTour teams on the start line of the Giro, which gets underway in Belfast on May 9.

All three teams were invited to last year’s Giro, but the return of Luca Scinto’s YellowFluo-Neri Sottoli team is perhaps something of a surprise. Their presence under the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia banner at last year’s race was marred by positive tests for EPO from Danilo Di Luca and Mauro Santambrogio.

In a statement on Thursday, RCS Sport acknowledged that it had made a conscious decision to promote Italian cycling by inviting YellowFluo and Bardiani to the exclusion of international applicants such as MTN-Qhubeka (South Africa), UnitedHealthcare (USA) or IAM Cycling (Switzerland).

“The choices made […] were dictated by the opportunity – at this historic moment – to sustain the Italian cycling movement, without ever losing sight of international development,” said the RCS Sport statement, which also stressed that "All four teams with wildcards for the 2014 Giro d’Italia are members of the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling).”

RCS Sport also unveiled the wildcard invitations to its other WorldTour events on Thursday, in keeping with its recent policy of announcing the line-up of its races before the beginning of the season.

MTN-Qhubeka received some measure of consolation by securing invitations to Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo, which Gerald Ciolek won last year, but the South African squad will be disappointed to miss out on a grand tour debut.

The IAM Cycling team of Sylvain Chavanel has been invited to Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Lombardy.

Wildcard invitations to RCS Sport's 2014 WorldTour events:

Giro d’Italia
Androni Giocattoli (Ita) (as Coppa Italia winners)
Bardiani CSF (Ita)
Colombia (Col)
Yellow Fluo (Ita)

Tirreno - Adriatico
Bardiani CSF (Ita)
MTN - Qhubeka (RSA)
IAM Cycling (Swi)
Team Net App - Endura (Ger)

Milan-San Remo
Androni Giocattoli (Ita)
Bardiani CSF (Ita)
IAM Cycling (Swi)
MTN - Qhubeka (RSA)
Team Net App – Endura (Ger)
Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team (Usa)
Yellow Fluo (Ita)

Il Lombardia
Androni Giocattoli (Ita)
Bardiani CSF (Ita)
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA (Spa)
Colombia (Col)
IAM Cycling (Swi)
Team Net App – Endura (Ger)
Yellow Fluo (Ita)

 

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