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Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela handed Giro d'Italia wildcard in 2013

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Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli) takes stage 11 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia

Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli) takes stage 11 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia
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The Androni Venezuela riders

The Androni Venezuela riders
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Team Androni Giocattoli rounds a bend

Team Androni Giocattoli rounds a bend
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Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli) goes alone

Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli) goes alone
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Franco Pellizotti with Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio

Franco Pellizotti with Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio
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Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela has earned one of four wildcard entries into the Giro d'Italia in 2013, courtesy of their win in the Coppa Italia - the season-long competition for Italian cycling teams.

The Gianni Savio-managed team finished on 814 points, ahead of Colnago CSF Inox with 766 and the soon-to-be-defunct Acqua e Sapone with 680, in the competition run for Italian teams in .1 and HC class races across the season.

The route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia has been officially presented in Milan, with race organisers balancing the traditionally mountainous route with 88.9km of time trials, in a clear attempt to attract big-name stage racers such as Bradley Wiggins and Alberto Contador.

Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela was awarded a wildcard entry to this year's race along with Colnago CSF-Inox, Farnese Vini-Selle Italia and Team NetApp. The Androni team took two stage wins with Miguel Rubiano soloing to victory in stage 6, and a few days later Roberto Ferrari, who had been at the centre of a controversial crash at the end of stage 3 in Denmark, sprinted to victory in stage 11.