The Italian Cinelli OPD team will not be present at the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela after all. The team failed to arrive on Friday evening at the Maiquetía International Airport in Caracas as expected by organizers although airfares and other logistical arrangements had been made. Organizers said they did not yet know why the team did not show, but an explanation from the team is expected.
The 44th edition of the UCI category 2.2 race, covering 1396.6km over 12 stages, is scheduled for January 6-17. It has also been known as the "Vuelta Grande de América".
In total, six foreign teams will take part in the event including Arenas Tlax – Mex – Alubike (Mexico), Pro Cycling Team Cosmote (Greece), G.S.Mastromarco (Italy), Acme Cycling Team (Argentina), Selección Nacional de Eslovaquia (Slovakia) and Glover San – Kin (The Netherlands).