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Giro invites Panaria and Colombia

Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport has announced two wildcard invitations for this year: Italian Professional Continental teams Ceramica Panaria and Colombia-Selle Italia will be able to participate in the next Giro, from May 7-29, alongside the 20 ProTeams.

The Giro will therefore count 22 teams, nine riders each, at the start in Reggio di Calabria on May 7, 2005. Emmanuele Sella, who finished 12th last year, as well as Julio Perez Cuapio, who won two Giro stages and the mountains jersey in 2002 are racing in the colours of Panaria. Colombia-Selle Italia includes several Italian and Colombian riders, as well as two Australians: Russell Van Hout and Trent Wilson.