The much-publicised disagreement between Giro organiser Angelo Zomegan and AIGCP (Associazione Internazionale Gruppi Sportivi Professionistici/International Association of Professional Cycling teams) president Patrick Lefevere has finally been resolved - just 16 days before the race's scheduled start in Reggio Calabria on May 7.
The agreement was judged favourable to both parties, and perhaps more importantly, for the entire cycling community. As a consequence, the AIGCP confirms the participation of all 20 ProTour teams in the 2005 Giro d'Italia. Although the initial agreement called for 60,000 Euros start money for each and every ProTour team, whether this figure was indeed the actual sum paid is not known, as the terms of the agreement were finalised in confidence.
Courtesy April Pedersen Santinon