Arkea-Samsic give up Giro d’Italia invitation to focus on securing 2023 WorldTour status

NICE FRANCE AUGUST 28 Winner Andrew Anacona of Colombia and Team Arkea Samsic Nairo Quintana Rojas of Colombia and Team Arkea Samsic during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Team Arkea Samsic Training TDF2020 LeTour on August 28 2020 in Nice France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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The Arkea-Samsic team have confirmed they have turned down a chance to ride the Giro d’Italia so they can focus on the 2022 Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, with the goal to secure a place in the 2023 WorldTour. 

The French ProTeam obtained an automatic invitation to the three Grand Tours thanks to finishing second in the 2021 ProTeam rankings behind Alpecin-Fenix. However team manager Emmanuel Hubert and key riders Nairo Quintana, Connor Swift, Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni are fighting to score as many ranking points as possible to secure one of the 18 WorldTour team places in 2023. They need to finish in the decisive top 18 teams in the three-year points ranking, above main rivals such as Cofidis, Lotto Soudal and Team DSM. Arkea-Samsic has started the season well, with Quintana recently winning the Tour de la Provence. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.