RCS Sport named the invited teams for Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo, and, as it did for the Giro d'Italia, it left off the list Acqua & Sapone. The leader of the Italian Professional Continental team, Stefano Garzelli, has vowed to continue racing.
"I will try to restrict my anger when I see Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo on the television in the coming week; they are two races in which I have battled with the best, but the incomprehensible decision [by the race organiser] had left me out," noted the winner of the 2000 Giro and two stages of last year's Giro to Agr.
Though the 34 year-old Italian recently noted that he felt "burned" by the decision, he has vowed to continue on racing. "I will start up again with the Settimana Coppi e Bartali on March 25; taking the most that I can from the race. I decided to go on – no one can put an end to the cycling career that I have dedicated most of my life to."