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Katusha receives Giro d'Italia invitation

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Cycling News
Published:
April 9, 2013, 19:53,
Updated:
April 9, 2013, 20:52
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Joaquim Rodriguez and Alexandr Kolobnev will lead Katusha in the classics.

Joaquim Rodriguez and Alexandr Kolobnev will lead Katusha in the classics.

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UCI provides exemption for 207 riders to start

Giro d'Italia organisers RCS Sport announced today that Team Katusha will take part in this year's edition of the Corsa Rosa, the 23rd team to receive an invitation.

Team Katusha was initially denied a WorldTour licence by the UCI for the 2013 season, but after appealing the UCI's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the court ruled in Katusha's favour on February 15 and three days later the UCI granted the Russian team its WorldTour licence and subsequently re-wrote its own rules which had previously capped the number of WorldTour teams at 18.

The Giro d'Italia organisers, however, in the interim granted four wild card invitations on January 8 to Pro Continental Teams Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, Colombia and Vini Fantini-Selle Italia who would line-up with the 18 automatically invited WorldTour squads, of which Team Katusha was not a part.

Rather than un-invite a wild card selecton, on April 2 the UCI granted an exemption to the Giro d'Italia regarding the cap of 200 riders in road races, so that a total of 207 riders representing 19 WorldTour and four Pro Continental teams could compete.

2013 Giro d'Italia teams:

WorldTour
Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Blanco Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Cannondale (Ita)
Euskaltel – Euskadi (Spa)
FDJ (Fra)
Garmin – Sharp (USA)
Katusha (Rus)
Lampre – Merida (Ita)
Lotto Belisol (Bel)
Movistar Team (Spa)
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team (Bel)
Orica - GreenEdge (Aus)
RadioShack Leopard (Lux)
Sky Procycling (GBr)
Team Argos – Shimano (Ned)
Team Saxo - Tinkoff (Den)
Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned)

Pro Continental
Androni Giocattoli – Venezuela (Ita)
Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox (Ita)
Colombia (Col)
Vini Fantini – Selle Italia (Ita)

TheStaz More than 1 year ago
At least 7 riders will abandon the race at some point so it shouldn't be an issue for long.
Master50 More than 1 year ago
In crashes? Even at 200 riders the pack is very big.
Murali Parameswaran More than 1 year ago
sensible decision.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I love the Giro, but geez could they have left the decision any later? Takes time to prepare for one of these (Grand Tours). That is a huge pack, but hopefully it will only be for this year if the UCI can ever sort itself out. I could sure say more on that point, but I will restrain myself. Racing has enough crashes without this many riders any one of which can be tragic, and I don't just mean the most extreme. It hurts hitting the ground and getting piled on and I hate to see any rider injured.