Androni Giocattoli awarded Giro d’Italia wildcard place after Vini Zabù withdrawal

Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 1st stage Lido di Camaiore - Lido di Camaiore 156 km - 10/03/2021 - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this season (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The organisers of the Giro d’Italia have announced that Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec will replace Vini Zabù as the fourth wildcard team of the race after the Tuscan ProTeam withdrew and self-suspended its activities to carry out an internal investigation after Matteo De Bonis' positive test for EPO. 

It was the team’s second doping case in 12 months and so they faced a ban from racing of 15 to 45 days under UCI rules.

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