By Monika Prell
The organization of the Volta a Catalunya has announced the five wild-card teams that, amongst the ProTour teams, will be able to compete this year's edition from May 21 to 27. According to Marca, the invitations are for the Spanish Pro Continental teams Andalucía-Cayasur, Relax-GAM, Karpin-Galicia and Fuerteventura-Canarias, and USA Pro Continental team Slipstream-Chipotle, which invitation is a surprise, but can be explained with the fact that the team's base is situated in the Catalan town of Girona and its good performance in the Critérium International.
The peloton will consist of 25 team, or 200 riders. The first stage will begin in Salou (Tarragona), where a team time trial will be held.